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September 10, 1931 - June 12, 2014
John passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 12 2014. He was 84.
John Vezakis was born September 10, 1931, in McGregor, Colorado to parents Nick and Marion (Allen) Vezakis. He was the youngest of six children. They later moved to Cameo, Colorado where he graduated from Palisade High School. John played football but his favorite sport was basketball.
He married Evelyn Garing on February 4, 1951, she passed away January 1, 2014. In 1959, they purchased a fruit farm named The Picture Ranch in Clifton, Colorado where they raised three sons, Larry Vezakis, Rick (Donna) Vezakis, and James (Barb) Vezakis and one daughter, Nancy (Gaylen) Kettle. All reside in the Grand Valley area. John and Evelyn purchased and operated several apple and pear orchards in Clifton. They built a fruit packing shed on the picture ranch and packed fruit for the areas farmers. Later they transitioned the farm into a mobile home park and called it The Picture Ranch Mobile Home Park. In 1978 they purchased Clifton Liquors and operated it for 30 years until they retired and their son, James, purchased it and operates it presently. John was a hardworking, steadfast business man and had a knack for running successful businesses.
John and Evelyn were married for 62 years. He was a good father, and grandfather and loved all the kids. He had 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
Contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice 3090B North 12 th Street, Grand Junction, CO, 81506.
Memorial services will be Tuesday June 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, Colorado.
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory Inc
2515 Patterson Rd Grand Junction, CO 81505
Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 17, 2014