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August 2004       Vol. 33, No. 8       Page  150
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association Remembers
The Lives and Contributions of Colorado Attorneys

Barnard O. Houtchens died June 30, 2004. He was 92. Houtchens was born in Johnstown, Colorado, and grew up in Greeley. He received his undegraduate degree, as well as his law degree, from the University of Nebraska. He also was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado ("UNC") in 1963. Houtchens married Margaret Colvin in Greeley in 1940. He began practicing law in his father’s firm in Greeley in 1935. Two brothers and Houtchens’s son also were attorneys at this Greeley firm, where Houtchens practiced until he retired in 1990. Houtchens was Greeley’s City Attorney for two terms—the first, from 1941 to 1947, and then from 1949 to 1950. He was a member of the Colorado Board of Law Examiners from 1947 to 1981, serving as its chair from 1968 to 1981. He was trustee of the State Colleges of Colorado from 1948 to 1965; he served as President from 1964 to 1965. He also was on the board of directors of the UNC Foundation from 1975 to 1979, and was the Foundation’s President from 1978 to 1979. Houtchens was a member of the Greeley Junior Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Rotary Club, and Greeley Elks Club. Houtchens was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also was an Honor Life member of the Colorado and Weld County Bar Associations, joining in 1939. He served as President of the Weld County Bar Association during 1946–1947. In 1983, he was presented with the CBA Award of Merit. Houtchens is survived by his son, two grandchildren, and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Houtchens’s name may be made to the UNC Foundation or Aims Community College Foundation, both for scholarships, c/o Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.

Wheat Ridge trial attorney Robert C. McCain died January 14, 2004. He was 78. McCain was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1966. He was a member of the CBA and First Judicial District Bar Association since 1967. McCain was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization.

Martin I. "Mardy" Steinberg died June 3, 2004. He was 78. Steinberg was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1952. Steinberg was Westminster City Attorney and a municipal judge in the 1960s. He served as Boulder County Judge from 1972 to 1983. When Steinberg resided in Longmont, Colorado, he raised black Angus cattle on his ranch. He also was known as a master gardener. Steinberg was a member of the CBA and Boulder County Bar Association. He was a Fellow of the Boulder County Bar Foundation and a supporter of the Boulder Library. Steinberg resided in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Natalie, three children, and seven grandchildren.

El Paso County attorney Lee R. Wills died May 3, 2004. He was 73. Wills was born in Oklahoma. He moved with his family to Pueblo, Colorado, when he was 9 years old. He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1951–1952. In 1953, he attended the University of Colorado School of Law and received his degree in 1956. He practiced law in Pueblo for nine years, before joining the Colorado Springs firm of Rector, Kane & Donley in 1968. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys and served as its state chair. He was considered by his colleagues the "consummate trial attorney" and represented his clients "with enthusiasm, energy, zeal and zest." In 1983, Wills established his own law practice, where he continued to work until his retirement in 2000. Wills’s son William joined the practice, which specialized in civil litigation. Wills was a long-time member of the CBA and El Paso County Bar Association. Wills was active in Grace Episcopal Church of Colorado Springs, serving on the Church’s vestry and as Chancellor. He is survived by Mary, his wife of nearly fifty years, four sons, and several grandchildren.

The Colorado Bar Foundation ("Foundation") was established in 1953, and is one means of commemorating members of the profession. The Foundation functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, and promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For information or to become a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith, (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736

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