Dorothy Fischer, 1919 " 2009
May 7, 2009
Dorothy Fischer, longtime resident of Hot Sulphur Springs and prominent Grand County citizen, died peacefully at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on April 29, 2009. She was 90 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 49 years, Carl Fischer, who died Feb. 15, 1988.
Dorothy Ellen Linder was born in Leader, Colo., on April 8, 1919, to Antony and Harriet Linder. She grew up on the family farm, learning the value and reward of hard work and living through tough times during the Depression years. She and her older sister Catherine were close throughout their lives and shared many happy times together.
Dorothy married Carl F. Fischer June 30, 1939, in Edgewater, Jefferson County, Colorado. After their first son, John Carl, was born, Carl went into service overseas and Dorothy worked in a Denver ammunition plant during WW II. Soon after the war, their second son, Larry Charles, was born; and the family moved in 1946 to Hot Sulphur Springs. Dorothy and Carl owned and operated the Canyon Motel, and later built and ran the Ute Trail Motel, both in Hot Sulphur Springs.
The family became an integral part of many Grand County activities, and Carl and Dorothy once were named “Grand County Citizens of the Year” in honor of their outstanding service and contributions.
Dorothy taught 3rd and 4th Grades at the Granby Elementary School for 21 years, a legacy of having taught hundreds of Grand County youngsters during that time. She received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State College in Greeley in 1962.
She retired from her teaching career in 1979 to pursue family interests. A number of years thereafter were spent wintering in Arizona with Carl. After his death in 1988, Dorothy moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., fulltime.
Dorothy leaves many friends and family who love her and will miss her. This includes son John (wife Gayle), of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; son Larry of Phoenix; two granddaughters Carleen (and J.C.) Schulz and Lindsay Fischer; both of Queen Creek, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Trent and Quinn, as well as her extended family of nieces and nephew and their families. The family gives a heartfelt thanks to caregivers Mary Roby and Mary Finau, as well as to Hospice of the Valley.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale, with Visitation beginning at 1 p.m. A graveside Benediction Service and final interment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at the family plot in the Golden Cemetery, Golden, Colo.