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February 2005       Vol. 34, No. 2       Page  94
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Florian F. ("Fred") Chess died April 13, 2004. He was 47. At the time of his death, Chess was Senior Litigation Counsel for the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Chess received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was licensed to practice law in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Chess was a member of the Colorado, Denver, and Arapahoe County Bar Associations. He participated in the CBA Court Liaison and Interprofessional Committees, as well as the CBA Litigation Section. He is survived by his wife Cathy and two sons.

Paul G. Darrough, Jr. of Snowmass Village in Pitkin County, Colorado, died in December 2004. He was 81. Darrough was an undergraduate and law school graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was licensed to practice law in 1948 and retired in 1994. Darrough was a member of the CBA, which he joined in 1985. He also was a member of the Pitkin County Bar Association.

Trust and estate attorney James A. Forrester died October 25, 2004. He was 84. Forrester attended Georgetown University, where he earned a B.S. degree. He received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Forrester joined the CBA and DBA in 1950. He was a long-time member of the CBA Trust & Estate Section.

Former Alamosa County Judge Jean Paul Jones died in December 2004. He was 68. Jones graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. degree. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in the state in 1966. When he first began practicing law, Jones served as Costilla County Attorney and Manassa Town Attorney. He also was in private practice. Jones was Alamosa County Judge for twenty-eight years, retiring in January 2001. During his tenure on the bench, Jones heard approximately 65,000 cases. Jones was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Jones’s wife Mary Anne died in 1995. They had five children and several grandchildren.

James E. Padilla died in October 2004. He was 50. Padilla earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. He joined the CBA and DBA in 1982.

Robert H. Ten Eyck, Jr. died in December 2004. He was 58. Ten Eyck practiced bankruptcy law in Denver. He was a member of the CBA and DBA for twenty-five years.

Probate attorney Harold D. Torgan died December 20, 2004. He was 90. Torgan was born in Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Law School. He became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1938 and joined the CBA in 1939. He married Grace McGuinness in 1958. Torgan was an active member of several commmunity organizations. He was on the board of the Denver Lions Club for fifty-eight years, serving as president from 1976 to 1977. He also was on the board of the Salvation Army for thirty years, acting as chairman in 1965. He was on the board and was president of Booth Memorial Hospital, the board of the Leukemia Society, and the board of Sewall Child Development Center. He was a member of the CBA Health Law and Trust & Estate Sections and was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Torgan is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren. Memorials in Torgan’s name may be sent to: Lions Foundation, 5840 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80222, or to a charity of choice.

Sherwin V. ("Bud") Wittman II died November 5, 2004. He was 56. Wittman graduated with a B.A. degree from Pomona College in 1970. He earned a J.D. from Cornell University in 1973. Wittman became licensed to practice law in California in 1973 and in Colorado in 1982, when he relocated to Colorado Springs. In 1987, Wittman and Ed McCord formed the law firm of Wittman & McCord; they were law partners for seventeen years. Wittman was a member of the El Paso County, Colorado, and American Bar Associations; Colorado Defense Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute; Transportation Lawyers Association; and Truck Industry Defense Association. He is survived by his wife Heather Ann Hayden Wittman and three sons.

Carl A. Wyers died October 27, 2004. He was 94. Wyers was a CBA and DBA member since 1935. He was a long-time member of the CBA Trust & Estate Section and was a former member of the DBA Interprofessional Committee.

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 complete information and to become a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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