Willard Forman (1929 - 2018)

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Willard Forman, longtime resident of Evergreen, passed away on June 22, 2018, at the Life Care Center of Evergreen.
He was born to William and Lennie Forman on Dec. 23, 1929, in Bayard, W. Va. He graduated from Bayard High School in 1947.
Willard served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 as an airplane mechanic.
He moved to Colorado and invented the seamless gutter machine and owed a company called Watertite Industries. He sold Watertite Industries and opened a roofing business. After the roofing business, he operated the Stables at Copper Mountain Resort for seven years.
He sold the stable operation and started producing trail rides and wagon train rides in the western United States with Michael Martin Murphey and Red Steagall. He and Michael completed the 500-mile Colorado Trail and raised $50,000 in support of the trail.
After the trail-ride business, he started a business with a horse-drawn trolley and supplied hay to many customers in the Evergreen/Conifer area.
The trolley operated in downtown Evergreen for several summers giving free rides to visitors up and down Main Street. During that time, he started doing trolley rides at life care centers and nursing homes.
Willard always said of all the businesses he owned, the one providing horse-drawn trolley rides to seniors at life care centers was closest to his heart.
Willard enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and, of course, the Denver Broncos. He touched many lives over the years. Being a part of his life's adventures, we all have memories to share and hold on to.
Willard is survived by longtime partner, Marilynn Bell of Evergreen; stepdaughter Happy Bell of Grapevine, Texas; step-granddaughter Riley Spinner of Grapevine, Texas; daughter Sandy Stieringer of Mount Storm, W. Va.; son Jeff Forman of Denver; and brother-in-law Dave Bode of Perry, Okla. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen. Reception will follow at the same location. His final resting place will be in Oakland, Md., in the family plot.
Donations may be made in Willard's memory to Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, 33933 Colorado River Road, McCoy, CO 80463 or on the website at www.mountainvalleyhorserescue.com. Be sure to put Willard's name in the comments on the website.
Forever in our hearts.
Published in Canyon Courier on July 11, 2018