William Douglass (Bill) Loring

William Douglass Loring (Bill), age 83, of Fruita, CO passed away on September 21st in Grand Junction, CO. He was born October 18, 1928 in Oklahoma City, OK to William Riley and Kathryn Douglass Loring. He is survived by his wife, Janet Shaw of Grand Junction, CO; his children Mary Perkins (Jim) of Portland, OR; Douglass Loring of Grand Junction, CO; William Loring (Adele) of Ashby, NE; Keith Loring of San Francisco, CA; and Jeanne Mick (John) of Ft Collins, CO; grandchildren Kathryn and Elizabeth Perkins, and Paul and Benjamin Mick; his sister Patricia Biggs (William) of Warson Woods, MO. Bill spent his childhood in Oklahoma and then moved with his family to Evanston, IL as a teenager. He attended Lakeview High School where he earned an academic scholarship to Yale University. He graduated from Yale with a bachelor's degree in English literature. He became a varsity member of the long boat rowing team that won the national championship in his junior year. During summer months Bill worked the wheat harvests from OK, to KS & CO. He also helped build trails in the national parks of WY, & MT. Out of these pursuits he developed a dream to live in the mountain west and get involved in cattle ranching. He married Janet Shaw on May 23, 1953 in Dixon, IL. Later in 1953, he began 4 years of service in the US Navy serving as a navigation officer on the USS Toledo. He then moved his family to Denver where he worked as a teller for the Denver US National Bank in 1956. Bill spent his entire career in banking with the same company, now part of Wells Fargo Banks of Colorado. In 1975 he was promoted to President and CEO of United Bank of Grand Junction. He dedicated himself to the concerns of Grand Junction, Fruita and Mesa County. He retired in 1993 as Regional CEO for Norwest Banks of Western CO. His area of expertise was in commercial lending where he left a lasting imprint of success that continues this day. In 1972 Bill began to make good on his earlier dreams by purchasing a small ranch near Silt, CO. Over the years, his dream has evolved into a well-balanced cow/calf operation in the Sandhills of western NE. Bill enjoyed the great out doors; camping, fishing, bird watching, hiking, and farming. He also loved to read, sing, & play his harmonica. He had a great appreciation for literature and music as is evident by his dedication to the Grand Junction Symphony and Mesa County Library. His contributions to the Grand Junction community were numerous. He was also frugal & would often express his surprise at prices on a menu by saying, "Holy Smokes!" He was known by his genuine smile, cowboy hat, & strong steady handshake. His surviving family & many friends will miss him greatly. A memorial service honoring William Loring is set for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 3:00pm at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave, Grand Junction followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western CO; 3090 North 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or to the John McConnell Math & Science Center 2660 Unaweep Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81503.

Published in Denver Post on Oct. 4, 2012