Obituary: Vernon Lee Carnahan |

Obituary: Vernon Lee Carnahan

Vernon Lee Carnahan of Granby passed away on Nov. 7, 2008, at his home at the age of 71. He was born in Joes Colo., on May 20,1937, to Clark W. and Irene P. (Moore) Carnahan.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably for six years. He married Linda Lee Abbott on Dec. 23, 1961, in Idaho Springs and they raised four children together. Vernon was a miner for 30 years working for the Henderson and Climax mines. He loved to fish, hunt, and camp, with his favorite fishing spot being Delaney Buttes. Vernon also enjoyed talking with people and giving fishing tips and his homemade jigs. He was a member of the Elks Club for over 45 years. Vernon will be mostly remembered for his extreme giving and self-sacrificing nature.

He was always wanting to help and take care of someone else. He was also very much a family man and had many foster children over the years. Vernon was a diehard Denver Broncos fan as well. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Vernon is survived by his mother Irene Carnahan of Evans; his children Darleen Erwin and her husband Gary of Westminster, Clark Carnahan and his wife Carol of Granby, Marci Salazar of Granby, and Melissa Gerdts and her husband Robert of Burleson, Texas; his 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; his brother Lyle Carnahan and his wife Pam of Greeley; his sisters Elaine Barber and her husband Dick of Greeley and Linda Williams and her husband Steve of Winter Park.

He is also survived by Linda’s family Deanna McFarlane, Janine Branting Artie Moore, Leonard Abbott, Glenn Abbott and Glenna Woodbury. Many close friends, nieces and nephews also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his father Clark and his wife Linda.

A celebration of Vernon’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, in the ballroom of the Inn at SilverCreek.

Memorial donations in honor Vernon can be made to Heart of the Mountains Hospice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary ” Hot Sulphur Springs.