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David Adrian Spencer

David Adrian Spencer


David Adrian Spencer, 83, died Sept. 11, 2002, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

David was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Branson to Lloyd and Nellie (Kirkland) Spencer. He was raised in the Branson area and attended school at Aguilar and Trinidad.

He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and while in England he met and married Nellie Lawley. To this union two children were born, David R. and Valerie. They lived in Trinidad and Denver.

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Following Nellie’s death, Dave contacted a longtime friend, Lela Neveille (Wallace) Rogers and they were eventually married April 20, 1974. In 1975, they moved to the Hayden area and Dave worked in building the Craig Power Plant, and he and Lela bought their home in Hayden.

Dave was very active in the community, serving with the Lions Club, Masons, Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron several times, the Economic Development Committee and was a member of the Hayden Congregational Church, where he also belonged to the choir. He enjoyed gardening and won many fair ribbons for his flowers. He was also very proud of the large tree in his yard that he and his family decorated for years at Christmas and which tradition has continued in later years with the city of Hayden taking over the decorating job.

During his life Dave was in ranching, a real cowboy and worked as a journeyman electrician.

He is survived by his wife, Lela N. Spencer of Hayden; a daughter, Valerie Raglione of Hayden; a stepdaughter, Beverly Barnett of Phoenix, Ariz.; a son, David R. Spencer of Portland, Ore.; a stepson, Bill (Montine) Rogers of Hayden; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, sisters Barbara Cornish of Denver, Thelma Kilgore of Security and Helen (John) Scherr of Golden; and brothers Keith Spencer of Hayden and Ivan (Leola) Spencer of Hayden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Vivian, brother Lloyd and his first wife, Nellie.

A service was held at 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 2002, at the Hayden Congregational Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hayden Congregational Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

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