William Fisher Kennon
June 13, 1966-December 12, 2013
Will Kennon was born June 13,1966, in Alamosa, Colorado, and was raised in Parachute, Colorado, on the Kennon Ranch up Wallace Creek. He attended school in the same building from kindergarten through twelfth grade and graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1984. As a young boy, Will was lively and filled with energy, and he learned ranching from his first days onward. He was riding and swinging a rope from nearly the time he could walk. At school, Will was always entertaining and was known for his pranks and untamable spirit. In school, he competed in basketball, football and High School Rodeo and participated in many clubs and activities. Throughout his childhood and youth, Will competed in 4H and rodeos showing cattle and roping, and he spent much of his time out of school on horseback and learning the ways of a cowboy at his father’s side. Will had several mentors in the ranching community whom he greatly admired and innumerable friends, none of whom escaped his penchant for pranks.
As an adult, Will ranched in the Mack/Loma area, and more recently in Collbran with his lifelong friend and cattle-business partner, Jerry Gunderson. He met his wife, Tiffani, in Collbran, and they married there on May 15, 2010. Will loved the cowboy way of life; ranching was in his blood, and he was more at home on horseback, feeding cows, or in an arena than anywhere else. In the past few years, Will had worked to build a line of bucking bulls and spent a lot of time at bull riding events. Will was also a talented and creative craftsman. He was a skilled at working with leather and iron and worked many years constructing iron fencing for corrals and arenas along with making bits and crafting western-style purses. Will loved his family and friends, but his favorite people were kids, and they were always drawn to him. He loved working with kids and teens and teaching them to ride and rope.
Will is preceded in death by his father Ned (Edward Stewart Kennon, 1924-1996) and mother Kathleen (HammerichKennon, 1921-1999). He is survived by his wife Tiffani, of Collbran, daughter Nikki (Michael) Prewitt, 28, of Plantersville, Texas, son Kade Edward Kennon, 17, of Mack, step-daughter Felicia Montoya, 19, and stepson Lucas Montoya, 25, both of Farmington, New Mexico. He also leaves behind his sister Nancy (Jeff) Hauer and his nephew Teig Hauer, 17, and niece Jacey Hauer, 13, of Rifle, Colorado.
Will was loved by many and had countless friends who will miss his wild ways, his ornery streak and crazy sense of humor, as well as his willingness to drop everything and help anyone in need at any time. Will was a character, the life of the party, a good hand, and a good man. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, December 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Collbran Auditorium. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Plateau Valley FFA checks payable to PVHS FFA, 56600 Hwy 330 Collbran, CO 81624.
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