William Ervin Grant II, Ph.D.
William Ervin Grant II died June 8, 2005, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Ervin was born March 1, 1921, at Hopkins Hospital in Glenwood Springs, to Arwilda Viola Lawrence and William Ervin Grant I.At the age of 7, Ervin lost his father. Ervin spent his childhood in Sloss, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs and Basalt. He graduated from Basalt High School in 1938. He spent his summers working on ranches in Colorado and Idaho and working with surveying crews at Glacier National Park.In 1940, Ervin enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. During World War II, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and Omaha Beach. He received an honorable discharge from the service in 1945.He attended Mesa State College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Denver. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He received his masters degree and his Ph.D. in business management in California.Ervin began his engineering career at Gates Rubber Co. in Denver. He worked with the D & RG Railroad, and moved to Southern California to work in the aerospace industry. He taught at the University of Southern California and Metropolitan State College in Denver. After moving back to Basalt, Ervin became Basalt town administrator. He also became was city councilman in Rifle for eight years. He was a commander with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4333, in Rifle, and was a member of the American Legion.Ervin is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Hyrup) Grant; son, William E. Grant III; daughter, Cathy Pauley; granddaughters Tammy Huff, Sandra Cantu and Windy Van Marter; and six great-grandchildren.The funeral is at 2 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs, with Chaplain Patty Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.Contributions may be made in Ervins name to the Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
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