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Obituary: Clinton Devin

– December 10, 2021

On December 10, 2021 we lost Clinton “Clint” James Devin, 46 years old, in a plane accident near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Clint was the youngest child born to Dr. Jerry and former State Senator Irene Devin of Laramie, Wyoming. He grew up in Laramie, where he developed his love for the outdoors through countless camping and off-road adventures with extended family in the Red Desert and Snowy Range of Wyoming. Clint especially enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his father and older brother, Lance. Through his childhood and teenage years, Clint was known for his red-headed pranks, quick wit, his trusty Suburban, insatiable appetite, and his ever-running motor particularly on the swim and football teams.
Clint graduated valedictorian from Laramie High School in 1994 and matriculated to the University of Wyoming on a full scholarship, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Molecular Biology in 1998. Clint’s highlight of his college years was playing forward for the University of Wyoming Men’s Rugby team. Clint served as captain his senior year and was known for his ability to bring his teammates together to achieve their common goal. On one unforgettable team tour to southern California, Wyoming conquered the reigning division 2 national champions. The same trip is memorable in that Clint had persuaded his teammates to travel to the tournament in a shirt and tie!
In 1998, Clint left his beloved West for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. His homesickness for the bright blue skies and big empty spaces nearly resulted in a transfer his first year of medical school, until he met his study partner and best friend, Jessica Schefter of Great Falls, Virginia. Together they navigated medical school and a “couples match” for residency and ultimately married in 2002 between graduation and the start of their internships. Clint went on to complete orthopedic residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he served as Administrative Chief Resident his senior year and was awarded the resident research award for best paper. He then completed a complex spinal-reconstruction fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Clint returned to Vanderbilt as faculty where he spent nine years treating patients with complex spinal conditions, mentoring orthopedic and neurosurgery residents and fellows, and developing an active research program resulting in nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, he guided the Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) registry, a nationwide prospective clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. Clint’s leadership led to transforming QOD into the American Spine Registry, a collaboration between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons aimed at facilitating the participation of all US-based spine surgeons in a shared, quality data-collection platform. Similar to his time on the Wyoming Rugby team, Clint was known for bringing together the orthopedic and neurosurgery spine surgeons to form the Vanderbilt Spine Center. This represented a rare collaboration between two competing departments aimed at providing data-driven, highly specialized spine care. Clint’s academic achievements resulted in numerous national research awards and induction into the Cervical Spine Research Society as well as the Interurban Orthopedic Society. Clint’s passion, however, lay in mentoring the numerous medical students, residents, and fellows who flocked to him and became his pride and joy for the remainder of his life. This resulted in his receipt of the coveted residency teaching award at Vanderbilt, and more importantly life-long friendships.
In 2018, Clint fulfilled his dream of returning to the West to provide spine care to the patients of northwest Colorado and his home state of Wyoming. He played an integral role in the formation of the Steamboat Orthopedic and Spine Institute and later in the development of the Steamboat Surgery Center. He simultaneously broadened his practice to include several locations in Wyoming, all while maintaining an active research program as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt. He remained a frequent invited lecturer and moderator at national and international orthopedic and neurosurgery spine meetings. Clint performed over 5000 spine surgeries during his career with the philosophy to provide the least invasive treatment possible that would allow patients to return to doing what they loved. He was notorious for his empathic demeanor and structured approach to care and was constantly looking for ways to improve care at the lowest possible cost. His predictable, positive outcomes were recognized both locally and nation-wide.
Most importantly, Clint was finally able to share his love for the West and its great outdoors with Jessica and their two sons, Conor and Langdon. He fiercely protected his family time and loved nothing more than to mountain bike, hike, run, ski, hunt, fish, raft, ride ATVs or snowmobiles with his family. He taught us all that “God put you on this earth to run, He did not put you here to sit.” He truly led by example. Clint is survived by his wife, Dr. Jessica Devin and their two sons, Conor and Langdon (Steamboat Springs, CO), his parents Jerry and Irene Devin (Laramie, WY), brother Lance Devin (wife Carey, daughters Mikayla and Kylie; Highlands Ranch, CO), sister Shelley Devin (daughter Ruby; Highlands Ranch, CO), brother-in-law Tyler Schefter (Whitefish, MT), in-laws John and Charlotte Schefter (Great Falls, VA) and his loyal Labrador, Zoey.

Obituary: Clinton Devin

– December 10, 2021

On December 10, 2021 we lost Clinton “Clint” James Devin, 46 years old, in a plane accident near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Clint was the youngest child born to Dr. Jerry and former State Senator Irene Devin of Laramie, Wyoming. He grew up in Laramie, where he developed his love for the outdoors through countless camping and off-road adventures with extended family in the Red Desert and Snowy Range of Wyoming. Clint especially enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his father and older brother, Lance. Through his childhood and teenage years, Clint was known for his red-headed pranks, quick wit, his trusty Suburban, insatiable appetite, and his ever-running motor particularly on the swim and football teams.
Clint graduated valedictorian from Laramie High School in 1994 and matriculated to the University of Wyoming on a full scholarship, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Molecular Biology in 1998. Clint’s highlight of his college years was playing forward for the University of Wyoming Men’s Rugby team. Clint served as captain his senior year and was known for his ability to bring his teammates together to achieve their common goal. On one unforgettable team tour to southern California, Wyoming conquered the reigning division 2 national champions. The same trip is memorable in that Clint had persuaded his teammates to travel to the tournament in a shirt and tie!
In 1998, Clint left his beloved West for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. His homesickness for the bright blue skies and big empty spaces nearly resulted in a transfer his first year of medical school, until he met his study partner and best friend, Jessica Schefter of Great Falls, Virginia. Together they navigated medical school and a “couples match” for residency and ultimately married in 2002 between graduation and the start of their internships. Clint went on to complete orthopedic residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he served as Administrative Chief Resident his senior year and was awarded the resident research award for best paper. He then completed a complex spinal-reconstruction fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Clint returned to Vanderbilt as faculty where he spent nine years treating patients with complex spinal conditions, mentoring orthopedic and neurosurgery residents and fellows, and developing an active research program resulting in nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, he guided the Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) registry, a nationwide prospective clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. Clint’s leadership led to transforming QOD into the American Spine Registry, a collaboration between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons aimed at facilitating the participation of all US-based spine surgeons in a shared, quality data-collection platform. Similar to his time on the Wyoming Rugby team, Clint was known for bringing together the orthopedic and neurosurgery spine surgeons to form the Vanderbilt Spine Center. This represented a rare collaboration between two competing departments aimed at providing data-driven, highly specialized spine care. Clint’s academic achievements resulted in numerous national research awards and induction into the Cervical Spine Research Society as well as the Interurban Orthopedic Society. Clint’s passion, however, lay in mentoring the numerous medical students, residents, and fellows who flocked to him and became his pride and joy for the remainder of his life. This resulted in his receipt of the coveted residency teaching award at Vanderbilt, and more importantly life-long friendships.
In 2018, Clint fulfilled his dream of returning to the West to provide spine care to the patients of northwest Colorado and his home state of Wyoming. He played an integral role in the formation of the Steamboat Orthopedic and Spine Institute and later in the development of the Steamboat Surgery Center. He simultaneously broadened his practice to include several locations in Wyoming, all while maintaining an active research program as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt. He remained a frequent invited lecturer and moderator at national and international orthopedic and neurosurgery spine meetings. Clint performed over 5000 spine surgeries during his career with the philosophy to provide the least invasive treatment possible that would allow patients to return to doing what they loved. He was notorious for his empathic demeanor and structured approach to care and was constantly looking for ways to improve care at the lowest possible cost. His predictable, positive outcomes were recognized both locally and nation-wide.
Most importantly, Clint was finally able to share his love for the West and its great outdoors with Jessica and their two sons, Conor and Langdon. He fiercely protected his family time and loved nothing more than to mountain bike, hike, run, ski, hunt, fish, raft, ride ATVs or snowmobiles with his family. He taught us all that “God put you on this earth to run, He did not put you here to sit.” He truly led by example. Clint is survived by his wife, Dr. Jessica Devin and their two sons, Conor and Langdon (Steamboat Springs, CO), his parents Jerry and Irene Devin (Laramie, WY), brother Lance Devin (wife Carey, daughters Mikayla and Kylie; Highlands Ranch, CO), sister Shelley Devin (daughter Ruby; Highlands Ranch, CO), brother-in-law Tyler Schefter (Whitefish, MT), in-laws John and Charlotte Schefter (Great Falls, VA) and his loyal Labrador, Zoey.

Obituary: Christopher J. McGrorty

September 3, 1949 – January 1, 2022

Christopher John McGrorty was born in London on September 3rd 1949.
After his schooling in London he was trained as a lawyer. He graduated with a law qualification in 1973 and went on to work for a number of years in London where his senior partner suggested he might be better suited to working in a rural practice. Chris remembered the conversation which started with him being told ‘I like you Mr. McGrorty and ended with the memorable line: ‘ but you are not enough of an animal for this London law firm.’ Chris then moved to Marlborough as a junior partner in the Merriman partnership, a firm which started in 1738. He worked happily there for the rest of his working life, becoming senior partner. He practiced all aspects of the law but eventually specialized in wills and estate matters. He was well respected in Marlborough and his community involvement ranged from The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce to being a keen, if amateur, campanologist.
He was married to Therese Kenny and they had 4 children. After her untimely death in 2002, he married Charlotte. In their retirement he moved to Steamboat Springs drawn by a love of the outdoors and travel. He climbed Kilimanjaro in 2002, and then travelled widely with Charlotte. He was a keen watercolour painter and benefitted greatly from the friendship and support of Leslie Lovejoy who mentored him. His retirement was cut short by the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia in 2017.
While in Steamboat he was supported by the Parkinson’s group of Steamboat Springs before moving to the Haven in Hayden in April 2021. Here he found a great sense of purpose and was truly happy knowing he was not a burden. He passed away at the Haven in the care of the people he loved.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte, his children Zoe O’Reilly, Natalie Fraser, Jess McGrorty, and Robin McGrorty, 5 grandchildren and two stepsons: Patrick Cannon and Sam Cannon.
Donations in Chris’s memory can be made to The Haven in c/o the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 776090 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Smith

December 4, 1942 – January 2, 2022

Anthony David Smith, age 79, passed away on January 2nd, 2022 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, MD. Born in Washington, DC; he was the son of the late William Smith and Henrietta Dols.
He is preceded in death by both of his parents; William and Henrietta Smith. Tony is survived by his wife of 37 years, Teresa West, and his four children; Nancy Getman, Brian (Veronica) Smith, Jennifer (Ryan) Ericson and David (Tamara) Smith. Also, surviving are his brother, Michael (Kathy) Smith, and his sister, Barbara Jefferies. He leaves behind six grandchildren; Grant, Reese, Kayla, Ashton, Liam, and Avery.

He served in the United States Army Reserves while establishing his career in information technology. He retired at the age of 59 and spent much of his time boating, skiing, and pursuing interests in automobiles. A visitation will be held Monday, January 10, 2022, from 1pm – 3 pm followed by a memorial service at 3 pm at The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, MD, with Pastor Dale Brown officiating. We respectfully ask that masks be worn at the funeral home. He is to be laid to rest during a private ceremony at Modest Town Cemetery in Modest Town, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, Tunnel to Towers Foundation or the charity of your choice. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com . Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Obituary: Michael J. Cannizzo

November 24, 1945 – January 5, 2022

Michael J Cannizzo passed away at YVMC on January 5, 2022. He was born in Buckhannon, WV, on Nov 24, 1945 to Juanita (Lake) Cannizzo and Joseph Cannizzo. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, two daughters Donna and Karin, two grandchildren Melanie and Raven, and his brother Ken. Mike advanced to President-CEO of Homebuilding for NVR, Inc (NV Homes & Ryan Homes) of Sterling, VA . He called Steamboat his home for the past 16 years, attracted by the skiing, stayed for the fishing.
We would like to thank the folks at Casey’s Pond for the care and dedication to Mike during his stay there. A memorial service will be held in Maryland at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Routt County United Way, Steamboat Springs, CO; Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies, Denver, CO; or Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation, Steamboat Springs, CO.

Obituary: Kaleb L. Soldz

September 20, 1990 – January 1, 2022

Kaleb L. Soldz was born on September 20, 1990 and passed away on January 1, 2022 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Please join us for the Celebration of the Life of Kaleb Soldz at the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church located at 736 Oak St. in Steamboat Springs, today, Friday January 7th at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Obituary: Kaleb L. Soldz

September 20, 1990 – January 1, 2022

Kaleb L. Soldz was born on September 20, 1990 and passed away on January 1, 2022 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Please join us for the Celebration of the Life of Kaleb Soldz at the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church located at 736 Oak St. in Steamboat Springs, this Friday January 7th. All are welcome. Please visit www.yampavalleyfh.com/obituary/kaleb-soldz for the time of the service.

Obituary: Katherine C. Gourley

September 21, 1925 – January 2, 2022

Katherine Gourley, lifetime Routt County resident, passed away January 2, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, January 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Heart of Steamboat Methodist Church located at 736 Oak St. A Livestream of the service can be viewed at www.heartofsteamboat.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Routt County Council on Aging in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Obituary: Margaret Brantley

April 1, 1941 – December 29, 2021

Margaret Brantley was born in Florida on April 01, 1941 and passed away in Hayden, Colorado on December 29, 2021. There are no service details to announce at this time. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Barbara Montieth

July 20, 1937 – December 22, 2021

Barbara Ann Benson passed away at her daughter’s home in Hayden, CO on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Barbara was born in Melstone, MT to Arnold and Edith Benson. After living in a couple different places they ended up in Hayden, CO where Barbara spent the rest of her life. She met the love of her life, Herbert Montieth, at age 15 and they were married 61 years when he passed away in 2015. To this union they were blessed with 4 children – Sam Montieth (Patty) of Craig, CO, Pam Hoffman (Mel) of Grand Junction, CO, Ruby Wertenberger (Troy) of Hayden, CO, and Sandra Montieth of Hayden, CO; 6 grandchildren – Dwayne Montieth, April Montieth, Chris Hoffman (Tamra), Tara Munoz (Arty), Heather Antuna (Marcus), and Braylin Wertenberger; along with 11 great grandchildren. Barbara loved hunting, camping, horseback riding, and spending time in the outdoors. She also was very talented with crocheting and knitting. Barbara worked at the Solandt Hospital with her mother at a young age and then waitressing which was where she met Herb. She later went to work at the Post Office for 26 years where she retired as PostMaster. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 2, 2022, at the Hayden Congregational Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s memory to Northwest Colorado Health Home Health & Hospice or to the Jan Bishop Cancer Center both in care of Grant Mortuary.