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Obituary

by | September 13, 2021 1:09 pm

Donald Lee Calhoun, 74, of Gunnison, Colorado, died August 17, 2021 in Montrose, Colorado. He was born February 3, 1947 in Kansas and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Joanna and Lester Hemphill.

Donnie was a graduate of Grant County Rural High school. After graduation, he attended Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colorado. He lived in Brighton, Colorado, where he worked for the Union REA.

On October 26, 1974, Donnie married Marlene Steen in Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado. They returned to Ulysses, Kansas, where he farmed for many years. The two were married just two months shy of twenty-seven years when Marlene died on August 14, 2001 in Garden City, Kansas. After Marlene’s passing, he moved to Gunnison, Colorado where he owned and operated the Last Chance Saloon.

Donnie’s hobbies included cars, motorcycle riding, four-wheel riding in the mountains, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed B-S’ing with his many friends and happy hour, which was his favorite time of the day, because he could do even more B-S’ing.

He is survived by his son, William Calhoun and his wife, Lisa and two grandchildren of Bozeman, Montana; his nephews – Dustrin Gordon of Pratt, Kansas and Brandon Gordan of Wichita, Kansas.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents who died when he was very young; his Aunt Joanna and Uncle Lester; his wife Marlene; and his sister – Kathy Hemphill Schwarzer.

A graveside service and celebration of life will be held in Ulysses, Kansas with the date to be announced later.

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