Tribute to my Dad – Don Lawson Lynch
Don Lawson Lynch
July 27, 1928 – April 3, 2010
Don Lawson Lynch passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday night, April 3rd, 2010 at his home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He was 81 years old.
Don was born on July 27, 1928 to Don and Lily E. (Fields) Lynch in Houston, Texas. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and then attended the University of Houston while working for Gulf Oil. At the age of 18, he purchased land in Houston and he built a home for him and his mother. At 22 Don joined the army and served in the Korean War where he instructed soldiers at the Chemical Section’s Flame Thrower School. Don was honorably discharged in 1956 after 2 years of service and 4 years in the reserves. He was awarded The Commendation Ribbon With Metal Pendant – “Sergeant Lynch, by virtue of his unswerving devotion to duty, carried out his duties in a superior manner despite adverse conditions.” He considered it an honor to serve his country.
Returning home to the USA, he worked as an engineer off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico for Magobar Drilling Company. Don was a pilot and owned a small plane that he regularly flew between Louisiana and his home in Houston. In 1957 while back on shore from the Gulf, he went to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans where he first met Chris (Gerlich) Lynch of Houston, Texas. The day of their first meeting he told a friend, “I will marry that girl someday.” Although Don moved to Venezuela to work for Magobar as the Division Manager for eastern Venezuela, he continued to date Chris. They married on July 16, 1958 in Richmond, Texas and Chris moved to Venezuela where they started their family and lived for 4 years. Don worked in the Panama jungle for 3 months before moving back to the States.
In 1961, Don fulfilled a life-long dream of owning and personally operating a ranch in the Rocky Mountains. They traveled to all the mountain states and finally chose to fulfill that dream in Glenwood Springs. Despite not having any ranching experience, they purchased a ranch and named it The 4 Mile Ranch. Today it is known as the 4 Mile Bed and Breakfast and Oak Meadows subdivision. Don and Chris worked as a team throughout their lives together and were never afraid to take on new adventures. Owning a ranch was just the first of their many adventures together during their lives in Glenwood Springs. Don started working at the U.S. Post Office and shortly thereafter he was awarded multiple contracts by the U.S. government. He established Lynch Trucking and transported mail for the U.S. Post Office from Denver to many of the towns in western Colorado including the Roaring Fork Valley for over 20 years. At this time he also had contracts with many of the western slope banks to transport bank records for processing in Grand Junction. To keep his transportation network rolling, they leased a gas station for good measure. During this same time they opened and operated the Red Rooster Restaurant in Glenwood Springs and later in Fruita. It was well-known for its great food! He eventually used his trucking experience to drive trucks for Ashcroft mines and Mid-Continent Coke and Coal.
Don loved life and loved people. He traveled all over the world and throughout his 49 years in the valley, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family on the tennis courts, at the golf course, on the ski slopes, in the Hot Springs Pool, hiking, camping, and fishing. You name it, he learned it and he enjoyed doing it. After early retirement, Don and Chris spent their winters in Sun Lakes, AZ.
Don was a member of the Glenwood Church of Christ. He came to know and love the Lord as a young man and actively shared his faith and the many blessings God gave him with people throughout his life. His relationship with the Lord was the guiding force in his life and led him to take hold of the opportunities that God brought his way. With so many experiences, doing so many things, he was always prepared and willing to care for and lend a helping hand to others. Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was always there for his family. He will be missed!
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Lily E. Lynch; a brother, George Lynch; and sisters, Sarah Watson and Eugenia Mericle.
Don Lynch is survived by his wife of 51 years, Chris Lynch of Glenwood Springs; a son, Luke (Kelly) Lynch of Colleyville, Texas; three daughters, Jamie Campa of Glenwood Springs; Susan (Jimmy) Martin of Branson, Missouri; and Jo Anne (Russ) Licht of Orlando, Florida; three grandsons, Lawson Lynch of Colleyville, Texas; Ryan Martin of Branson, Missouri; and Caleb Licht of Orlando, Florida; four granddaughters, Bonnie Lynch of Colleyville, Texas; Sabrina Martin of Branson, Missouri; Katie Lynch of Colleyville, Texas; and Amy Licht of Orlando, Florida.
Visitation will be at Farnum-Holt Mortuary, 405 West 7th, Glenwood Springs on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Service will be held at the Glenwood Church of Christ, 260 Soccerfield Road on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm followed by a military graveside service and internment at Rosebud Cemetery with Minister John Roberts officiating. A reception at the Church of Christ will follow the graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family requests a contribution be made to “Campus Crusade for Christ: In memory of Don Lynch – Acct # 0367459” Campus Crusade for Christ – Donations, 100 Lake Hart Drive, Orlando, Florida 32832.