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January 2007       Vol. 36, No. 1       Page  87
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

James R. Flett
James R. Flett died on November 16, 2006. He was 66. Flett obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. degree from the University of North Dakota Law School. After working as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid, Flett established a prisoners’ rights program in Vermont. He also established St. Cloud Area Legal Services in Minnesota. Flett practiced law with his brother Charles in Arvada since 1982. He was a member of the CBA for twenty-five years. Flett is survived by his wife Marcia and two daughters. Contributions in Flett’s name may be made to Lutheran Family Services, 363 S. Harlan St., Ste. 200, Lakewood, CO 80226 (


Eugene S. Hames
Eugene S. Hames died on November 23, 2006. He was 86. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Hames attended the University of Minnesota. In 1950, he relocated to Denver, where he formed the law firm of Wood, Ris and Hames and practiced as a trial lawyer. After retiring from the practice of law, Hames taught English as a second language to immigrants and enjoyed fishing and skiing. He was a CBA member for more than fifty years. Hames is survived by his wife Verna, three children, and two grandchildren. Contributions may be made in Hames’s name to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, 133 S. Van Gordon St., Ste. 200, Lakewood, CO 80228 (


Donald E. Johnson
Donald E. Johnson died on December 5, 2006. He was 60. Johnson was a graduate of LaSalle College and Villanova Law School. Johnson worked with the District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia before relocating to Colorado in 1986. He served as head legal counsel for Burlington Northern Railway for many years and later worked as a solo practitioner. He was a CBA member for nearly twenty years. Johnson is survived by his wife Peggy and three children. Contributions in Johnson’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society (


Raymond Mutz
Raymond Mutz died on November 20, 2006. He was 94. In addition to being an attorney, Mutz was a Cubs fan who enjoyed skiing and golfing. He also was an amateur actor. Mutz is survived by his wife Anne, children, and grandchildren.


Richard P. Ryan
Richard P. Ryan died on October 30, 2006. He was 92. Ryan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and his J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma Law School. He worked in private practice in Tulsa and served in the U.S. Army before relocating to Denver, where he served as division attorney for Carter Oil Company from 1947 through 1954. He later served as General Counsel for Exxon USA and as Of Counsel with a law firm in Houston, Texas. Ryan is survived by six children, fifteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.


Daniel B. Sparr
Daniel B. Sparr died on November 9, 2006. He was 75. Sparr earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and served with the U.S. Air Force in Korea. He started law school after working for Mountain Bell, where he supervised telephone operators. During his first year of law school, Sparr worked as a Realtor. After obtaining his J.D. degree, Sparr practiced with several local firms and served as legal representative for Mountain Bell. He was appointed Denver District Court Judge in 1978, where he served until he was appointed U.S. District Court Judge in 1990. In his spare time, Sparr enjoyed skiing and served as a volunteer ski patrol ambassador at Copper Mountain. He was a CBA member for more than twenty years. Sparr is survived by his wife Sue, two children, and two grandchildren. Contributions may be made in Sparr’s name to the University of Colorado Heath Sciences Center (


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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