Grafton Lee Boehner, 1942-2018 |

Grafton Lee Boehner, 1942-2018

Grafton Boehner

Grafton “Lee” Boehner, 76, of Grand Lake, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in Fort Collins.

Lee was born in Dayton, Ohio, to Wilson Boehner and Dorothy Garlitz and grew up with siblings Claggett and Donna. After attending Orville Wright High School in Dayton, Lee studied art at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree and taught printmaking. He later was a professor of printmaking/art at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

While attending university, Lee spent his summers working at C-Lazy-U Ranch in Colorado where he met Martha. They were married in 1968, then relocated to Grand Lake in 1976, where Lee worked as a craftsman building homes and custom cabinetry until retiring in 2008. This past August, Lee and Martha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Lee enjoyed the outdoors and mountain wildlife as evidenced by his hundreds of sketches, paintings, prints and photographs. For over sixty years, Lee played five-string banjo and sang folk, bluegrass, gospel, and old-timey music.

Lee is survived by his wife Martha, their three children Will (Allison), Nick (Susan) and Rebecca, as well as four grandsons (Paul, Keaton, Noah, Lucas). Lee was characterized by quiet faith, strength and humility, humor, faithfulness and loyalty – we are proud to be part of Lee’s legacy.

A memorial service will be held in Lee’s honor on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at Winter Park Christian Church, 274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash, Colorado 80478.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mountain Family Center ( or Pregnancy Resource Connection ( Flowers may be sent to the church. To share memories and condolences visit

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