Donald Stauter |

Donald Stauter

Donald Stauter, better known as “Rags,” was born on June 17, 1931, in Denver, Colo., to Frank and Eva Stauter. He passed away in his home on the North shore of Lake Granby on Sept. 12, 2009.Don graduated from West High School in Denver in 1949. While in high school he participated in the Colorado State Wrestling tournament, earning 2nd place. After graduation he entered the United States Marine Corp on Aug. 14, 1951. He attained the rank of corporal and served as a member of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the Korean War. After his discharge from the Marines, on Aug. 13, 1954, he returned to Denver and worked for Bowman Biscuit. He later worked for the American Linen Co. for 15 years and it was at this job that he earned the nickname Rags.While living in Denver, Rags was an avid stockcar racer at the famed Englewood Speedway. Don lived in Grand and Summit counties and then moved from Jones Pass to his home on the North shore of Lake Granby in 1966. After leaving the American Linen Co. he worked for C & H Distributing Co. (Coors), Reynolds Oil Co., and Ehnle Oil Co. After retiring he worked part time for Hahn’s Peak Enterprises. “Rags” loved the mountains and enjoyed fishing, boating, and snowmobiling, socializing with his multitude of friends and family and dancing with many many girlie girls.Don was a member of the Ft. Logan VFW Post 9644 and the American Legion Post #88 of Granby. He was also a lifetime member of the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge # 607. Don was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Tom. He is survived by his brother Lou (Charlene), brother Jerry (Donna), and brother Jim (Bev); beloved nephews and nieces, Charlu, Dave, Dona, Dana (Gus), Dian, little Jerry Jr., Mike and Dan (Carla); and many great nephews and nieces.A Memorial Military Service will be held at noon on Sept. 26, 2009, at the Gladys & Louis Heckert Pavilion in the park in Grand Lake, Colo. A reception will be held following the service in the pavilion.Memorials can be made in Don’s name to the Grand County Council on Aging for “Meals on Wheels.”