John Allen Thulson |

John Allen Thulson

John Allen Thulson, a longterm resident of Glenwood Springs and Parachute, passed away on September 17, 2015, at the age of 83.

Allen was born in Denver, Colorado, on December 5, 1931, to Arthur and Bertha Thulson. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for four years during the Korean conflict. After his military service he enrolled at the University of Colorado where he graduated from the School of Law. He became a member of the Colorado Bar Association. Allen began as a law clerk for Judge Jean S. Breitenstein in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial District. After one year he accepted the position of Deputy District Attorney with an office in Glenwood Springs. He joined the firm of Delaney and Balcomb in November of 1965 where he practiced until his retirement at age 75. His practice was varied, including two terms as a director of Roaring Fork School District RE-1, and ten years as City Attorney for Glenwood Springs.

Allen was united in marriage to Carol Hooley in Denver on September 7, 1956. Three sons were born to their marriage. He was an avid golfer and skier and enjoyed many other outdoor activities with his family and friends. A favorite pastime was carving wooden caricatures.

Allen is survived by his wife of 59 years, three sons, Timothy, Todd (Julie Rippy), Troy (Molly Balcomb). He leaves behind six beloved grandchildren, Tyler, Lauren, Taylor, Christopher, Kate, and Ty.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial gifts to the Nick Massaro Scholarship Fund or the Salvation Army.

A celebration of life gathering will be held on September 27 at two o’clock at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa.

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