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Paul Gladstone Darrough Jr.

Paul Gladstone Darrough Jr. of Snowmass Village died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was 80.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, 385 S. 2nd St. in Carbondale, with the Rev. Fred Amborn officiating.Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale.Mr. Darrough was born April 15, 1923, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Margaret Archdeacon and Paul Gladstone Darrough Sr. He spent his childhood in Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen High School in 1941, where he was a tennis star. As a senior, he played the No.-1-ranked Bobby Riggs in the third round of the U.S. Open.He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific on the destroyer USS McDonough and the cruiser USS Vincennes.He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelors degree in political science and earned a law degree in 1949.He married Betty Ruth Harbison on May 31, 1947, in Oklahoma City.They lived in Oklahoma City, Norman, Okla., and Norfolk, Va., before retiring to Snowmass Village in 1984.Mr. Darrough was recalled to active duty during the Korean War from 1951-53. He graduated from the U.S. Naval School of Justice and the Naval War College. He served as a judge advocate general for courts martial cases, and as head of Naval Intelligence Reserves in a five-state area. He retired from the naval reserves at the rank of Captain and Commandant of the Eighth Naval District.Mr. Darrough worked in the private family law firm of Darrough & Darrough in Oklahoma City. He served as a municipal judge for The Village and chaired the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review.He was a member of the Aspen Community United Methodist Church, and was active in a variety of professional, civic, political, fraternal and alumni organizations in Oklahoma and Colorado.Mr. Darrough had vacationed in the area since the 1930s, and his parents built a summer cabin at Mount Nast Colony on the Fryingpan River in the 1950s, which served as a base for many explorations.He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, bridge, local history and University of Oklahoma football.Mr. Darrough was a proud veteran who loved his country and believed in justice and honor. He was known for his loyalty, duty and integrity. He was never at a loss for words, nor hesitant in stating his opinions.He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a master storyteller, and he reveled in the company of friends and family.He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Lina Koelm.Mr. Darrough is survived by his wife, Betty Ruth Harbison Darrough of Snowmass Village; by a daughter, Diane Darrough of Carbondale; by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul G. and Marvel Darrough III of Wichita, Kan.; by granddaughters Michelle Luff of Dallas and Virginia Luff of Eugene, Ore.; by sisters and brothers-in-law Anne and Tom Travis of Wichita, Kan., Dorothy and Duke Logan of Vinita, Okla., and Ruthie and O.B. Johnston III of Vinita, Okla.; and by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.Memorial contributions may be made to National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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