The Colorado Lawyer
Vol. 39, No. 10 [Page 79]
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Notices, Products, and Services
Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community
Recently Deceased Attorneys
Jonathan Hartley Bley
June 24, 1947–August 24, 2010
William O. DeSouchet, Jr.
April 25, 1922–July 4, 2010
d. August 2010, age 75
Ivan Dee Fugate
December 9, 1928–August 16, 2010
David l. Milhollan
d. August 31, 2010
Morgan Virginia Lawhon Queal
November 17, 1935–August 12, 2010
W.A. Masters, 94, of Salida, died in his sleep August 22, 2010. He was born on May 11, 1916 to Maude and Richard Masters and grew up in Utopia, Texas. Masters was a lawyer. As a young man, he walked the countryside of Texas, doing land leases for oil companies. He retired from Chevron in Midland, Texas, but not from law. He and his wife Lea moved to Florida, where he maintained an office for pro bono work.
In Colorado, he worked for Colorado Legal Services. He handled adoptions and guardianships for people who couldn’t afford it, making dreams of many families come true. To help so many people, he donated more than 1,000 hours. The W.A. Masters Award was established in his honor for anyone who donates 1,000 hours. He continued to work well into his senior years.
Masters loved e-mail and used his laptop computer to write his family history, The Barnes Family Story. His daughter-in-law, Diane, published the book for him and distributed it throughout the family. He was devoted to his family and friends, enjoyed long walks, was an avid reader, and was active until the last few days of his life. A Christian, he enjoyed attending church throughout his life.
Survivors include Lea, his sister Evelyn (Merrill) Wheatcroft, and nephew Larry (Debbie) Steacy, all of Bryan, Texas; children Dana (Becky) Evert and Amber (Jeff) Shook of Colorado, and Kim (Diane) Evert of Fort Worth, Texas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Colorado Legal Services, 617 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
—Submitted by Margaret (Molly) B. Walker
David J. Menzies
David J. Menzies, a Denver criminal defense attorney and long-time Denver resident, died at Rose Hospital on August 21 at the age of 70 of a sudden heart attack. Menzies was born on February 9, 1940, in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated in 1958 from Luckey High School in Manhattan, Kansas, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1962, and earned his law degree from the University of Kansas Law School in 1970. He commenced his legal career at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, was a prosecutor at the Arapahoe District Attorney’s Office, and later practiced for many years as a major felony and misdemeanor defense attorney. He was an active member of the Colorado and Kansas Bar Associations, the Denver Kiwanis, the Denver Notre Dame Club, and the Catholic Church of Good Sheperd.
He is survived by his fiancée, Dr. Kathleen Albi; his two sisters, Kathleen Lesko and Mary Pat Heath; his niece, Gwin Heath; and his three nephews, Mark Lesko, Bob Lesko, and Ryan Heath. In addition to his legal career, Menzies was known for his lifelong passion for and encyclopedic knowledge of sports, which he generously shared with all who knew him. For most of his life, he was an avid fan of the Colorado Rockies, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Kansas Jayhawks. For personal tributes, please visit www.mem.com.
—Submitted by 610 Cherry Street Group
Robert W. Thompson, Jr.
Robert W. Thompson, Jr., who served as an administrative law judge (ALJ) for nearly fourteen years, died on August 10, 2010 from complications associated with diabetes. Robert—or Bob as I knew him—graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1983 and received his BA from the University of South Dakota in 1970. Since 2007, Bob served as a member of the State Personnel Board, where he was involved in rulemaking for the state personnel system and appellate review of state employment cases. During his service as an ALJ, he presided over State Personnel Board cases for more than ten years, and spent more than three years with the Office of Administrative Courts, presiding over cases involving public benefits and state professional licenses. Between 1984 and 1992, he was a sole practitioner. Between 1997 and 2006, Bob served on the Aurora Cultural Affairs Commission.
Bob was an avid fan of the Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, and Denver Broncos. Over the years, we attended many Rockies and Nuggets games together; perhaps the highlight was attending the 1998 MLB All Star game at Coors Field. Bob always enjoyed discussing political issues, as well as the latest news of the Colorado judiciary. Several years ago, Bob self-published his autobiography, As Sweet As It Gets, a poignant account of his life spent battling diabetes from his late teenage years.
We met by chance about twenty-five years ago, paired in a Colorado Bar Association mentor program. Although I was Bob’s mentor, we quickly discovered that our birth dates were only three days apart. Bob is survived by his wife Julie and their daughter Huette.
—Submitted by Judge Daniel M. Taubman
The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth, and date of death of recently deceased attorneys and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed above, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are welcomed. Tributes will be published as space is available and the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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