Not a CBA Member? Join Now!
Find A Lawyer Directory
Legal Directory

TCL > March 2009 Issue > In Memoriam

March 2009       Vol. 38, No. 3       Page  104
Legal Notices, Products, and Services

In Memoriam

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

James Barker Day

Jim Day died on October 17, 2008. He was 92.

After earning a degree in economics, Day obtained a JD from the University of Colorado Law School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and served on the U.S.S. Hornet in the South Pacific, where he contracted malaria. He then returned to Boulder and taught communications in the Naval ROTC School.

He practiced law in Denver for several years before taking a job with the trust department of Colorado National Bank. In 1952, Day relocated to Colorado Springs, where he worked for the First National Bank of Colorado Springs. He later served as Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. He retired from the bank after twenty-four years. In 1977, he went to work for the law firm of Spurgeon, Haney and Howbert (now Holland & Hart, LLP), where his practice focused on trust and estate planning. He retired in 1982.

Day was a former President of the El Paso County Bar Association. He was an HonorLife member of the CBA. He also was among the founders of the Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish and the Colorado Springs School. In his spare time, he enjoyed tennis and music, especially opera.

He is survived by two children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Contributions in Day’s memory may be made to Chapel of Our Saviour, Pikes Peak Hospice, 835 E. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; or the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Ln., Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (hsppr.

J. Donald Haney

Don Haney died on December 11, 2008. He was 97.

Haney obtained a BA from Colorado College. For a time, he performed with Johnny Metzler’s Orchestra Dance Band before attending the University of Colorado Law School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

Haney practiced law in Colorado Springs for almost fifty years with his father, brother, and others, including Jim Day (the firm eventually merged with Holland & Hart, LLP). He was a former President of the El Paso County Bar Association. He was an HonorLife member of the CBA. Haney was a founder of the El Paso County Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) and helped establish a local branch of Martin Luther Homes (now Mosaic). He also was Past President of the Colorado College National Alumni Association, the Boys Club, and the Winter Night Club.

Haney is survived by five children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Contributions in Haney’s name may be made to the Stephen S. Haney Endowment Fund, c/o Mosaic, 4980 S. 118th St., Omaha, NE 68137.

Brent Mitchener Martin

Brent Martin died on January 16, 2008. He was 46.

Martin obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He earned a JD from the University of Denver. He was a partner with his father, E. Gregory Martin, in the firm of Martin & Martin P.C.

Martin was an active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and was a CBA member for twenty years. He enjoyed downhill skiing and ski-mountaineering, as well as hiking, surfing, climbing, and playing squash. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Club. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, three children, and his parents.

Virginia L. Ware

Virginia Ware died on October 12, 2008.

She obtained a JD from Toledo University in Ohio. After moving to Colorado, she served as a guardian ad litem and helped bring a chapter of Advocates for Children to Colorado; the Arapahoe Chapter currently has fifteen staff members, who with the help of 300 volunteers, annually serve approximately 700 children. In 1988, she was appointed as a magistrate for the Eighteenth Judicial District.

Ware was a member of the CBA since 1977. She is survived by her husband Robert K. Ware, three children, and four grandchildren.

Craig S. Westberg

Craig Westberg died on January 7, 2009. He was 64.

Westberg was a prosecutor for twenty-four years. He had been serving his second term as District Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District, which includes Archuleta, San Juan, and La Plata Counties (his first term was from 1977 to 1981).

In his spare time, he enjoyed aviation, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and swimming. He is survived by his wife Jan and children.


Send In Memoriam information and photos to: Mail to: Tracy Rackauskas, The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. Call (303) 824-5326 with questions. Print or electronic photographs also may be sent. In Memoriam items are printed as production deadlines and space permit.

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 at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

© 2009 The Colorado Lawyer and Colorado Bar Association. All Rights Reserved. Material from The Colorado Lawyer provided via this World Wide Web server is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and may not be reproduced in any way or medium without permission. This material also is subject to the disclaimers at