Donald Kermit Cramer, age 84, died Feb. 26, 2017, of Alzheimer's complicated by his ordeal in the Wild Horse area in early January.
He was born Sept. 13, 1932, at home in Bennett, Colo., the son of Kermit C. Cramer and Fern Dunbar Cramer. He attended all 12 years of school in Bennett, graduating in 1950.
He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving during the Korean war. Following his service years, he was employed mainly as a carpenter. He lived in Cedaredge and worked at the Delta and Rifle Correctional Facilities, building some of the buildings there with inmate labor. His children all attended Cedaredge schools.
He then lived for 20 years in the Aspen area, building many fine homes there, and care taking a ranch along the Roaring Fork River. After retirement he moved to De Beque, where he was mayor for six years. During his term the town purchased and renovated the community center building and received many large grants enabling the town to accomplish major projects.
Don was an avid archer. He was curious, innovative, and always willing to try new things. He helped many friends and neighbors with their construction projects.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years Mary Jo "Jodi"; son Timothy (Kathi) Cramer, Athol, Idaho; daughters Deborah "Bunny" (Jess) Cramer-Carter, Stayton, Ore., Elizabeth (Ted Bacus) Cramer, Portland, Ore.; stepsons Robert (Tami) Looper, Basalt, Colo.; Nick Looper, Carbondale, Colo. and Mark (Deloris) Looper, Blaine Kan.; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Independence Fund (www.independencefund.org) which provides all-terrain vehicles for veterans so they can continue to enjoy the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.