Grand County guest ranch pioneer Wright Marshall Catlow dies
Wright Marshall Catlow
Wright Marshall Catlow was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Barrington, Ill. He graduated from Barrington High School, earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Illinois, served in the armed forces, met and married his wife Jan, and had two daughters while residing in Illinois.
In 1964, Wright and Jan moved to Winter Park as partial owners of Beavers Ski Chalet and Guest Ranch (now Beaver Village). Even though they were new to the resort business, Beavers prospered and expanded through the years. Staff and guests often returned year after year, and many long-term friendships were made there.
In 1982, Wright and Jan became the executive directors of the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association. They truly enjoyed visiting the member ranches and getting to know the owners/managers so that they could assist people in finding the right fit for their ranch vacation.
In 1998, Wright and Jan officially retired and soon began spending winters in Green Valley, Ariz., returning to the Winter Park area for summers.
Golf was a passion for Wright, and his “Catpak” played often at Pole Creek.
Wright and Jan enjoyed travelling and also loved getting together with their many Grand County friends. They were active in the Church of the Eternal Hills where Wright served as an elder and they both sung in the choir.
After Jan’s death in 2005, Wright continued to live in the area during the summers until 2010, when he moved to Grand Junction to be near family.
He died at the Veteran’s Hospital nursing home in Grand Junction on Nov. 8, 2011. He is survived by daughter Diann (husband Tim) Foley; daughter Chris King; grandchildren Katie (husband Eugene) Brydon, Jaison Pettes, and Todd and Joy Foley; and great-grandchildren Jason Pettes and Brielle Brydon.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Church of the Eternal Hills outside Tabernash. Contributions in Wright’s memory can be made to the church.
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