Kenneth "Blue" Balcomb |

Kenneth "Blue" Balcomb

Kenneth “Blue” Balcomb, of Rimrock, Ariz., died Nov. 10, 2005, at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Ariz. He was born Feb. 25, 1920, in Albuquerque, N.M. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was discharged with the rank of Captain.Kenneth attended the University of New Mexico and received his LLB from the University of Colorado. He started practicing law as an assistant district attorney in Meeker. In 1953 he and Robert Delaney opened a law firm in Glenwood Springs, where Kenneth continued to practice law until his retirement. On three separate occasions, he argued and won cases before the United States Supreme Court. He was a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Rifle Association, the American Handyman’s Association, and Ducks Unlimited.He was a lifelong hunter, outdoorsman and Labrador retriever owner. He was also a Lake Powell enthusiast, an avid bird watcher and a golfer, as well as an indefatigable defender of Western Slope water and streams. He is survived by sons Kenneth, of Friday Harbor, Wash., Scott (Janet), of Glenwood Springs, and Mark (Lisa), of Glenwood Springs; daughter Katharine Balcomb Rippy (Dow), of Silt; stepdaughter Lori Strong, of Glenwood Springs; stepson Scott Baker, of Alabama; brothers Edward Balcomb, of Albuquerque, N.M., Robert Samuel Balcomb, of Bremerton, Wash., and John Douglas Balcomb, of Wickenburg, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Michelle Balcomb. There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive, Glenwood Springs.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive, Glenwood Springs.

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