William "Fred" Biggs of Granby dies
William “Fred” Biggs
William “Fred” Biggs of Granby, Colo., died in Denver at St. Anthony Hospital on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, from cardiac arrest.
Fred was born in Boulder, Colo. on March 26, 1936. When he was 8 years old, he moved to Napa, Calif. While living in California he worked in several different jobs including the steel industry, Napa Valley School District as a custodian, and for a short time, he worked at the Rightspot Cafe where he actually met John Wayne. He met Denise Bradley, fell in love, and they got married on Nov. 15, 1980. In 1989, Fred attended his grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration in Colorado and his love for the mountains brought him and his family back to his “roots.” Upon settling in Granby, he took a job at the Mountainside at SilverCreek doing maintenance. He was the “go-to guy” when it came to fixing something and soon worked his way into head of maintenance. He took his job seriously but always loved a good laugh and could be quite the jokester both at work and at home. His favorite reply when someone asked him how he was doing was, “Terrible! Thank you! How are you?”
When Fred wasn’t working, you could find him watching the Bronco’s, Avalanche or Colorado Rockies and quite often he’d be playing a re-run of an old John Wayne movie. He also loved spending time with his family and friends. He was always telling them the most current joke or just kidding around with them. He was a jokester to the end.
Fred is survived by his wife Denise Biggs, daughters, Caren Villenueava (Louis) of Vallejo, Calif.; Tammy Watson (Ed) of Napa, Calif.; Alice Biggs of Austin, Texas; Jackie Biggs (James Crane) of Granby, Colo.; and Clarissa Biggs of Granby, Colo. Sons, Billy Biggs (Lorena) of Vallejo, Calif.; and Brad Biggs of Grand Junction, Colo. Brothers, Jimmy Biggs (Carol) and Buddy Biggs (Betty) of Napa, Calif. Sister, Cathy O’Connor (Mike) of Napa, Calif. He also has 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly.
The family doesn’t have plans at the present time for a Memorial Service.
Fred is loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Fred or add a photo to Fred’s “Book of Memories” at http://www.grandcountymortuary.com.
Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements. 970-725-9010.
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