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Marela, Frank - Longmont  
Frank Joseph Marela, the son of Joseph and Dellie (Talentino) Marela, passed away on April 23, 2015 in Longmont, Colorado. He was born August 13, 1921 in Sopris, Colorado. The family lived in many Colorado towns while Frank was growing up, including Trinidad, Alamo, Lafayette, Ward, and at Ft. Lyon, near Las Animas. After graduating from Las Animas High School, Frank went to California and landed a job with Lockheed Aircraft, where he worked on the prototype for the P-38 airplane. Frank returned to Las Animas when WWII started, and was employed at the Las Animas Army Air Base, where he repaired damaged B-17 bombers. After the war, he attended Colorado University for a short time, before going to work for the Bureau of Reclamation. Frank worked on many projects in Colorado , Utah and Wyoming . Among these were Paonia Dam and Reservoir, Rifle Gap Dam and Reservoir, the Curecanti Project near Montrose, and several transmission line projects. An outdoorsman at heart, Frank particularly liked fly-fishing and hunting. He also liked photography, reading, and was a skilled woodworker, with all the toys required for that. Frank married Marjorie Arlene McCoy, who preceded him in death, in Las Animas on March 24, 1944. He is survived by his sister, Catherine Perry of Aurora, his daughters, Linda Kay (Phil) Christon of Longmont, and Patricia Louise Jenkins of Aurora, and four grandchildren, Bick (Michelle) Christon, Erin Christon, Walter (Sherry) Jenkins, and Patrick (Felicia) Jenkins. Frank is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Marissa, Kyler, and Annica Christon, and Kayla and Corbin Jenkins. Visitation will be at 9:30am followed by the funeral service at 10:30am, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Burial at Foothills Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to your favorite charity is suggested. Visit to share condolences.
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Published in Longmont Times-Call on Apr. 25, 2015
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