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November 2007       Vol. 36, No. 11       Page  144
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association remembers
the lives and contributions of Colorado attorneys.

George Thomas Ashen

George Thomas Ashen died in September 2007. He was 85. Ashen received degrees from Regis College and St. Louis University School of Law. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he practiced as a trial attorney in Denver for fifty-five years. He was a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers.

Ashen is survived by his wife Dolores, children, grandchildren, and golden retrievers. Contributions in Asher’s name may be made to The Golden Retriever Rescue Center of the Rockies ( 

Wesley A. Miller

Wesley A. Miller died in September 2007. Miller was a longtime member of the CBA and DBA. He served as DBA President in 1975–76. Miller is survived by two children and several grandchildren.

William H. Southard

William H. Southard died on August 29, 2007. He was 90. Southard graduated from the University of Colorado in 1938 and from Harvard Law School in 1941. He entered the U.S. Army shortly after law school and rose to the rank of Captain, serving primarily in prisoner-of-war administration.

He practiced law in Greeley from 1946 through 2004. Southard continued to visit his law office until ten days before his death.

His father, Charles E. Southard, practiced law in Greeley from 1901 until his death in 1960. His grandfather, Samuel H. Southard, traveled across the prairie by foot and covered wagon to Weld County in 1876, and eventually became the County Treasurer.

Southard was a distinguished water lawyer and practiced real estate, probate, and estate planning law. He litigated many of the historic water rights cases in the district courts and later in Division 1 of the Water Court. He was, in 2004, believed to be the second-oldest lawyer actively practicing law in Colorado. Southard was a member of the CBA since 1941.

Southard’s wife, Cornelia, predeceased him. Cornelia, a nurse, also was a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed pointing out that she outranked him. The Southards traveled extensively during their life and visited 152 countries. Southard is survived by a daughter, Ann S. Beard, and a son, Charles E. Southard.

Felix Laurence Sparks

Felix Laurence Sparks died on September 24, 2007. He was 90. As a commanding officer with the U.S. Army during World War II, Sparks rescued five wounded American soldiers and helped liberate prisoners of Dachau.

He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1947. Sparks practiced law in Delta and served as District Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District and as a Colorado Supreme Court Justice. After organizing the Colorado National Guard, he served as its Commanding General. Sparks also was the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board for many years.

Sparks is survived by his wife Mary, sons Kirk and Scott, daughters Jean Whitehurst and Kim Pumroy, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jay Walter Tracey, Jr.

Jay Walter Tracey, Jr. died on September 11, 2007. He was 82. A graduate of Yale University, Tracey was a member of the school’s world-famous a cappella group, the Whippenpoofs.

After deciding against a career in music and its demands of travel and performing, Tracey earned his law degree at Harvard University. He was a partner in Holland & Hart LLP in Denver for more than twenty years, and a CBA member for fifty-five years.

Tracey is survived by sons John and William, daughter Anne Landstrom, and eleven 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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