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July, 1932 - May, 2013
Donald Lyle Columbia passed in Kremmling Hospital he was 80 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Lou Speer Columbia. His parents Dana and Stella Columbia, his sisters Irla Nixon, of Canon City, Co Deloris Randolph of Canon City Co Darlene Johnson of Fraser, Co and his brothers George Columbia of Oakcreek, Co and D.L. Columbia of Washington state. Step-son Wayne Speer of Wareshoals, SC
He is survived by his brother Bob Columbia of Michigan, His daughter Carolyn Mirabelli of Omaha, Nebraska, grandsons Brendan, Ryan, and Reagan, granddaughter, Alexandra and great-grandson Kaden. Son Leroy Columbia of Fraser, Co, Daughter Sherry Columbia-Searls and son-in-law David Searls of Dublin, CA, granddaughter Katie of Santa Rosa, CA. His daughter, Karen Mirabelli, son-in-law, Tom Montan and granddaughter, Ysadora Montan of Santa Rosa, California and grandson Xavier Montan of Brighton, England.
Step-son Daniel McAuiliff of Wareshoals, SC Merle Speer of Turner, Or Step-daughters Connie Johnson of Fraser, Co Kathy Johnson of Tabernash, Co and Karen Speer of Kremmling, Co, nephews/son-in-laws, Dana Johnson of Fraser, Co and Dennis Johnson of Tabernash, Co,
Many, many nieces and nephews grand children great grand children. He will be deeply missed. He is very loved and enjoyed his life here in Colorado. Liked to hunt and fish and was very independent.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 6:00pm, Grand County Mortuary
Papa was always in my life & I couldn't ask for more. He was a very special person to me.. When I was little I would run around the neighborhood and straight to Papa & Grandmas I would go. I had this little battery powered jeep and I would drive it up there haha. That's where it began haha, Papa decided to teach me how to drive Grandmas Oldsmobile when I was 11 or 12.. Needless to say I got a little to brave after awhile of driving so here I go driving up the pavement road. Two undercover cops were sitting up the road waiting on my cousin & they thought I was him so they stopped me & here I am opening up the door getting ready to run, I gave them papa & grandmas number & oh boy was that the worst chew out I EVER GOT IN MY LIFE!! Papa says "YOU'RE THE REASON THESE COPS KNOW I DON'T HAVE A LICENSE!!" It still makes me laugh to this day because all of the cops knew he didn't have a license & they just felt bad & never pulled him over. I always looked forward to My Papas cooking ribs, potato salad, etc. & do I ever miss it! He made the best ribs & potato salad ever.. I was in 4H & I had a pig & papa bought one "Pork & Chop" I raised him and showed him off at my 4h show, Papa was there & he was so proud of that pig & the awards I won. Papa & I drove to SC last summer that was our last trip together. I'm so glad he asked me to go with him! We had a lot of fun & it was such an amazing experience besides having to go with Papa to the house that was so sad :( He had me drive to greenwood & get flowers for my Grandma & Uncle Waynes grave. We went out to the cemetery that was the first time papa had been back since grandma passed. I remember he got stopped before we even got out of Colorado & Papa was drinking butter shots haha it scared me but that was the only time we got pulled over the entire trip tho. I miss you Papa so much
Goldie Johnson "GOLDENCHILD" Jun 14 2013 12:00 AM
Don loved to cook,from potato salad to saugage,eggs,biskits and gravy,every sunday,he and mom would call and say come on up for breakfast,its a very special memory for us,he made the best gravy Ive ever tasted,I will always cherish the memory,as well as the one I failed to mention,Don and I shared a paper rt for the Greenville newspaper out there,we had the whole town of wareshoals and out of town too,those were some of the good ole days.He and mom would go to some of Goldies 4h shows,,theyed come down to our house and look at her pigs,goats she was raising in 4h and was very proud of all the ribbons she won,I have more to share,but I will do so later,I miss you and love you Don always
Connie Jun 11 2013 12:00 AM
The best memories I have of my uncle....I remember him being a very caring, loving, compassionate person. When his sister, my Mom, was going through treatments he dropped everything in his own life to move back to Colorado to help her. He loved deeply. I know that you could hear pride in his voice when he spoke of his own children. When he remarried he once again knew love. He was an amazing man. I hate not being there to say good bye before he passed. I am happy that my Mom and the Aunts and Uncles that have gone on before were there to meet him. He is loved and will be missed.
Lisa Pascoe May 28 2013 12:00 AM