Lloyd F. Cornett, Jr.: 1943-2012 | SkyHiNews.com

Lloyd F. Cornett, Jr.: 1943-2012

Lloyd F. Cornett spent his early boyhood years in Montrose, Colo., accompanying his dad and granddad on hunting and fishing trips in the southwestern Rocky Mountains. Around 1951, they relocated to the Denver area where Lloyd soon spent two years with polio. He praised the care of the nurses at Children’s Hospital and also his mom who counseled, “There’s nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it.” Her advice served as his guide for the rest of his life. For example, after recuperating, he joined the high school wrestling team and ultimately took second place at the state championships.

Following graduation from Jefferson County High School in 1961, Lloyd enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war. First, during 1962-1963, he was assigned to the security service stationed at St. Lawrence Island-in Alaska but closer to Siberia; then, he was posted to the island of Hawaii for 1964-1965, flying frequently to Vietnam.

Upon returning home from military duty, Lloyd attended Colorado State University and became the father of two children, Keith and Kari. After constructing swimming pools and working in home improvement from 1974-1980, Lloyd worked as a superintendent of Inspectors for the Federal Housing Authority in Denver until it was absorbed by the local entity due to funding cuts.

During the 1980s, he started his own home improvement business, invested in duplexes, and obtained a Colorado Real Estate license. Along the way, he became a skilled golfer and won several amateur tournaments.

In 1991, Lloyd began work on an environmental science degree and became a field supervisor on various Superfund site remediation projects in the Denver area. Then, in 1994, he also completed an occupational safety and health degree with honors. His last remediation project was at the Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats facility. In 1995, Lloyd began working for the US Geological Survey and was soon promoted to the Earth Sciences Information Center, his favorite endeavor.

After years of trips to Grand County to enjoy the sports and wildlife, Lloyd and his second wife Pam moved to Granby, where Lloyd built their house in 1999. Lloyd ran his small business, Granby Home Improvement, until late 2003 when he encountered serious health issues. He mourned the passing of his daughter Kari in 2008. He fought cancer with characteristic grace until Jan. 14, 2012, when he passed away quietly at home with Pam.

Burial will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery. He leaves his wife, Pam of Granby; his son, Keith of Greeley; sisters Kathleen Sorensen of Gilbert, Ariz., and Chris Gentry of Arvada; and several nieces and nephews. Please direct any memorials in his name to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies, or the Children’s Hospital.

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