Marion Gene Jeffcoat, 85, of Montrose, Colo., passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, under hospice care. He was born March 24, 1929, in Aubrey, Texas, to Walter and Edna Jeffcoat.
Marion was preceded in death by his father, Walter; his mother, Edna; sisters, Alma, Hassie, Adell and Lena; brothers, Jack, W.E. and Bobby; and great-grandson Adam Jeffcoat. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, JoAnn of Montrose, Colo.; daughter, Sharon (Martin) Roddy of Montrose; son, Daryl of Montrose; son, David (Debra) of Wright City, Mo.; daughter Linda Steil of Montrose; niece, Brenda (Jorge) Figueroa of Las Cruces; niece, Vicki (David) Sutton of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Warren of Montrose, Colo., Autumn (Brian) Cofer of Napa, Calif., Nicholas (Sarah) Jeffcoat of Burlington, N.C., Brittany (Josh) Collier of Las Cruces, Tera Sutton of Phoenix, Ariz., Wesley Sutton of Phoenix, Ariz., Alex Steil of Montrose and Olivia Steil of Montrose; great-grandchildren, Rodd, Bradley and Jared Warren all of Montrose, Emma and Wyatt Cofer of Napa, Calif., Aaron Jeffcoat of Burlington, N.C. and Leilani Collier of Las Cruces; and brother, Billy Fred (Betty) Jeffcoat of Waxahachie, Texas.
Marion met his wife JoAnn on May 7, 1949. They married six months later in Fort Bragg, Calif., where he was working in the logging industry. He soon joined the U.S. Air Force
and served his country for 10 years. After he left the military, he moved his family to Aztec, where he worked in sales for Sears, Montgomery Wards and American Furniture. He and his family resided in Aztec for 47 years before moving to Montrose, Colo., in 2009.
Marion's passions in life included camping, hunting, fishing, golfing and playing Texas Hold'em with the Western Slope Poker Tour and teaching his kids and grandkids how to be great poker players.
Marion was a man who was a devoted husband and father to his four children and two nieces he and JoAnn raised. He had a strong sense of right and wrong and lived a life that was honorable and decent, always putting his family's best interests ahead of his own. He embraced life and was always eager to learn new things. He took up golf at the age of 68 and had four holes-in-one. When his health no longer allowed him to do the outdoor activities he so loved, at the age of 82 he got an iPad and learned how to find information on the Internet and set up a Facebook page so he could stay in touch with his family and friends. He was genuinely loved and admired by anyone who knew him and will be greatly missed.
There will be an open house and celebration of his life from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the home of Mike and Lisa Warren, 59860 W. LaSalle Road in Montrose, Colo. Friends are invited to come and share memories and celebrate a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope West Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, PO Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402. Arrangements are under the care of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO, 81401, 970-249-2121.