John H. Turner
John H. Turner, a professional engineer and Glenwood Springs resident since 1944, died on April 20, 2012, concluding a robust, fulfilling life.
John was born in Denver on September 30, 1935, to Ralph E. and Gladys Upton Turner. He grew up in Glenwood Springs with younger brothers Bill and Tom, enjoying camping, fishing and hunting. He earned a Joint Honors scholarship, with the support and encouragement of special teacher Cynthia Stapp, and attended the Colorado School of Mines. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. John and Roberta Bowman married in December 1956. He graduated from Mines in May 1957 with a degree in geological engineering.
After working for Magma Copper Company, John attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He then served two years in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and Ft. Hood, TX, teaching engineering, traveling with the Army Marksmanship Team, and winning numerous awards for marksmanship.
John and Roberta returned to Glenwood Springs in 1960, where John began his 30-year career with Mid-Continent Resources. As a Vice-President, Chief Engineer and Geologist, John thrived on rapport and camaraderie with his co-workers. John retired in 1990 and spent time camping with his grandsons, traveling with Roberta, golfing and playing bridge. John delighted in the mental challenge of bridge. He was an avid player and active member of the American Contract Bridge League, playing in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Aspen and Grand Junction.
John belonged to the CSM Alumni Association, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and several other professional organizations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the local Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, and served as Worshipful Master. John enjoyed the Flat-Tops Investment Club and gave many years of volunteer service as a tax preparer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
A beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Roberta; daughter Jan Turner Marusin and her husband, Wayne; grandsons Brian Bourquin and David Bourquin; daughter Susan Turner Hunt; grandson Patrick Chapla and granddaughter Shelby Hunt. He is also survived by his brother Tom and his wife Carol and their children.
Condolences may be mailed to 90 Ptarmigan Lane, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601.
Memorial donations may be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, in care of F.D. Law, 1610 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, or the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81602.
A family service celebrating John’s life will be held in Denver.
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