Obituary: Jack E. Mulqueen
May 28, 2009
Longtime Hot Sulphur Springs resident Jack E. Mulqueen passed away at his home, Friday, May 22, 2009.
Jack and his wife, Delores, realized their dream of living in the mountains when they moved their family to Hot Sulphur Springs from the Denver area in July 1971. An industrious opportunist, Jack supported his family through many business ventures, culminating with the building of the County Seat Cafe in Hot Sulphur, which they operated, with son, Brad, from 1984 to 1997.
He enjoyed being an integral part of the community and served on the Hot Sulphur Town Board, the Variance Board, and the volunteer fire department for several years. He donated much time and energy to many local activities, and especially enjoyed being a judge for the Hot Sulphur Days pie baking contest. Due to his budding pie expertise, he also helped with the annual pie sale for the Hot Sulphur Springs Library. He was one of the many who were instrumental in raising funds through a Mother’s Day Auction to create the Town Park.
Jack was not only generous with his time, but it wasn’t uncommon for him to see a need and offer help.
Jack was blessed with the gift of storytelling, always told with a liberal dose of embellishment (local color), which he willingly shared. He was often perceived as one of those Grand County characters. He was always interested in what was happening in people’s lives, and even when he became housebound, he kept up with the news through occasional phone calls.
He was a loving husband and father, and valued his family more than anything. During a recorded interview, he was asked if he had any words of wisdom he wanted to tell his children. He responded, “No. I’m proud of all of my children. They are good people, always willing to help someone, and I know they will always do the right thing.” We (his children) are a reflection of the way he and our mother raised us. Our character was shaped through his role model. We were blessed to have him in our lives.
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Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Delores, his children, Kerry (Jim) Davidson, Jill (Jeff) Green, and Brad (Shelley) and her children Bradley and Rianna Hilton, his daughter-in-law, Jan, of Florissant, Mo. and six grandchildren; Aaron (Alisa) and Kaleigh Davidson, Makenna Green, and Patrick, Danny and Lauren Mulqueen. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark.
Services will be held, Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m. at the Hot Sulphur Springs Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations many be made to:Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Box 1093, Granby, Co. 80446