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The Colorado Lawyer
November 2011
Vol. 40, No. 11 [Page  116]

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In Memoriam

James W. Greene
June 14, 1945–October 2, 2011

Robert C. Hawley
August 7, 1920–October 7, 2011

James L. Huemoeller
February 11, 1951–October 9, 2011

William F. Mattoon
d. September 2011, age 82

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Tributes

Joseph (Jay) Adams Cope

Jay Cope wore a white cowboy hat most of the time; sometimes, he wore a black cowboy hat. Jay joked that he was representing a plaintiff on the days he wore black. He signed his court pleadings Joseph Adams Cope, Attorney Registration No. 7633, but everyone knew him as Jay. He was a plain-spoken man with a sense of humor and a keen mind.

Since he began practicing law in 1976, Jay made his mark in cases from the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains of Colorado. His cases involved real estate, water law, and aviation law. Rock-star clients in Pitkin County, as well as city dwellers and rural folk, all valued Jay as a lawyer and trusted friend. He had a wealth of legal knowledge and a remarkable ability to decipher and assimilate arcane facts in complex cases. He also had an easy and confident manner that people liked. No matter how close Jay was to his next trial or a due date for a brief, he was available to his clients and colleagues. He took the time to help analyze a problem, to answer a tough question, and to lend his knowledge and experience to others.

Jay’s law practice involving aviation matters was linked to his background, having served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. During the Vietnam War, he was commander of C-130 aircraft in the Western Pacific and Vietnam. Jay had obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado (CU) before enlisting. After his military service, he returned to CU to earn his law degree.

Jay was born in the East, but attended high school in South Dakota. After law school at CU, Jay remained in the Boulder area. He began his law career with Vranesh and Musick, followed by a partnership in Musick and Cope. Since 1991, Jay practiced law with Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. in Boulder. When not practicing law, Jay was busy tending to his horse ranch, where he lived with his wife Susan in Boulder County.

This past year, Jay was diagnosed with cancer. Despite the great difficulties presented by the disease and other complications, Jay remained devoted to his clients and his work. On September 8, 2011, Jay’s trials came to an end. He was 66. He is sorely missed.

I am told that, as his fate became apparent, Jay was asked what music he thought would be fitting for a memorial. He mentioned "Anchors Aweigh" and a song by Willie Nelson, "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys." Those seem about right. If only there were a suitable song about lawyers, too. To all who knew Jay, he will always stand tall. In my mind and in my memory, Jay Cope will always wear a white hat.

Submitted by G. Roger Bock

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Kenneth W. Geddes

Kenneth Whitehill Geddes passed away in Colorado Springs on Patriot’s Day 2011. Ken practiced law in Colorado Springs from 1948 until shortly before his death.

Ken loved the Cripple Creek Mining District and represented many litigants in Teller County throughout his career. His small house on 7th Street in Victor was the "litigation war room" in cases involving the City of Cripple Creek, Golden Cycle Mining Company, and many others.

Ken graduated from Colorado College in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army in 1944–45 as a diesel mechanic on a small boat; he was in Manila Harbor on V-J Day. He graduated from CU Law School in 1948, Order of the Coif.

One of Ken’s passions was the AdAmAn Club, where he was a longtime President, member, and enthusiastic supporter. He climbed Pikes Peak on New Years’ Eve many times.

Ken was chair of the El Paso County Republican Party in 1962 when John A. Love, a Colorado Springs lawyer, was elected Governor of Colorado. Ken served as President of the El Paso County Bar Association in 1965.

Ken is preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1997 and his son Brian in 2010. He is survived by his daughter Ann Geddes-Taylor and her husband Gary, and his son William Geddes and his wife Patricia Geddes. He has five grandchildren: Andrea Williams, Grant Williams, Amanda Geddes-Smith, Tyler Geddes, and Brynna Geddes.

Submitted by Erin Merrifield

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Floyd K. Murr

Floyd K. Murr passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011. He was 90. He was born on April 8, 1921.

Floyd graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and enrolled at Harvard Law School, where he obtained his JD in 1948.

Admitted to the Colorado bar in September 1948, he began practicing law with the late Senator Sam Taylor. He married Norma Lou Brunelli on June 25, 1949. He later joined Bill Nicolas in a law office in the First National Bank building in Walsenburg, where he continued to practice law until 2007. His practice included water law, real estate, and trusts and estates. He maintained the highest peer rating in the Martindale Hubbell directory most of his career.

Floyd served as a Vice President of the CBA in 1958–59 and in 1980–81, and also served on various committees, including the Grievance Committee in 1968–71 and 1977–80. He was appointed part-time county judge in Huerfano County and served in that capacity from 1970 until 1985.

In addition to his dedication to and passion for the practice of law, he was a musician. He joined his first dance band playing the trumpet when he was 14 years old. He played trumpet in the CU marching band under Hugh McMillen and while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He was an entertaining piano player and played both trumpet and piano in various dance bands well into his 70s. He and longtime pal Malcolm MacDonald wrote, produced, and performed a variety of humorous and more serious tunes for charitable fundraisers for the Lions Club, including a performance attended by 1,600 people in 1956 at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg.

An active outdoorsman, Floyd enjoyed fly fishing, jogging, bicycling, and skiing. He assisted in establishing a rope tow ski run on La Veta Pass in 1960, where local youth learned to ski. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma Lou, who continues to reside at the family home in Walsenburg; his sons Dr. Peter Murr and Austin Murr; his daughter Mary Pfau; and grandson Austin Murr of San Antonio, Texas. The family plans to honor Floyd’s request that he be cremated and his ashes spread in the vicinity of the upper Huerfano stream, his favorite fishing spot. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable donations in his name be made to the Colorado Bar Foundation.

—Submitted by Austin Murr


The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, 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 encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at tracyr@cobar.org.

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