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May 2006       Vol. 35, No. 5       Page  113
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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


Herman J. Atencio died on April 1, 2006. He was 81. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Atencio received a J.D. degree from the University of Denver. He worked as Assistant City Attorney in Denver for forty-two years, retiring in 1993. Atencio served as veterans service officer and helped start the Southwest Denver Mental Health Association and several credit unions. He is survived by seven children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Donations in Atencio’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2480 W. 26th Ave., Denver, CO 80211.

John Edward Boyle died on March 4, 2006. He was 58. Boyle practiced at the firm Boyle & Boyle in Greenwood Village. He was a member of the CBA and DBA since 1973 and also belonged to the CBA Real Estate Section. He is survived by his wife Christy and three children.

James Douglas Hinga died on March 5, 2006. He was 57. Hinga received his B.A. from Notre Dame University, where he played basketball. In 1992, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi. After spending twenty-five years as a trial attorney, Hinga worked as Director of Professional Services for JAMS in Denver, specializing in arbitration and mediation. He was a member of the CBA and DBA for more than thirty years and belonged to the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections, as well as the Legal Fee Arbitration Committee. He is survived by three children.

Samuel Morris Kirbens died on March 7, 2006. He was 87. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, Kirbens was a long-time Denver County Judge. He later relocated to California, where he was a member of the City of Laguna Woods Human Relations Committee. Kirbens is survived by his wife Gloria Elaine, two children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren.


The Colorado Bar Foundation ("CBF") was established in 1953 and is one means of commemorating members of the legal profession. The CBF 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 CBF are tax-deductible. For complete information and to become a CBF supporter, contact Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

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