Grand County driller helped build Amax tunnel |

Grand County driller helped build Amax tunnel

Philip Dale Aragon was born Nov. 22, 1947, in Kremmling. He graduated from Middle Park High School in 1966. He enlisted in the Army on Jan. 2, 1968, and served in the Vietnam War, during which he was awarded the Purple Heart. Philip was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1970.

After serving in the Army he worked for Grand County Road and Bridge, then Dravo when they drilled the Amax tunnel. Philip then went to work for McPherson Drilling for 20 years and his last job was Sani King in Granby.

Philip was married to Susan Jane Johnson in August 1971. He is survived by her; their two daughters, Tanya (Jim) Collentine of Coralville, Iowa, and Pamela (Christopher) Kliener of Firestone; and three grandchildren, Sandra Collentine, Noah and Yvaine Kliener. Philip is also survived by his mother, Louise Aragon; sister Alice (Ron) Gray; two brothers, Michael (Linda) Aragon and Daniel (Lana) Aragon; as well as many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of Philip’s life will take place at the Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, Granby, at 11 a.m. Saturday July 9. Burial will follow in the Fraser Cemetery.

Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Philip or add a photo to his “Book of Memories” at

Mark H. Shearon, funeral director at Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements, 970-725-9010.

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