Melvin Eugene Boatman died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Paonia Care Center. He was 89.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Boatman was born in Almena, Kan., July 5, 1926, to John and Lois (Linnell) Boatman. He spent his childhood and attended school in Kansas and Nebraska, and graduated from Almena Rural High School in 1944.
On Sept. 12, 1948, he married Ruth Carr in Norton, Kan. They moved to the Steamboat Springs area in 1953 where he worked for many years as the superintendent of public works for the Town of Steamboat Springs. In 1972 he began working for the Colorado Department of Transportation in various areas including Brush, Muddy Pass and Kremmling. After retirement, the Boatmans moved to Paonia in 1987.
Mr. Boatman enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, snow machining, traveling, visiting with family and friends and watching the Broncos.
He is survived by a son, Gene Boatman of Craig; two daughters, Wanda Boden of Hotchkiss and Pat Summers of Austin; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ruth, on April 26, 2014; three brothers; a grandson, Vance; and a son-in-law, Mike.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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