“Chuck” Deaver passed from this world and into the arms of his Lord, peacefully on May 23, 2019, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Sheridan, WY from complications of COPD. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He was born in Minneapolis, MN, March 29, 1942 to Harry G. Deaver, Jr. and Virginia Wollman Deaver, the eldest of four children. He was educated at Blake School in Minneapolis, and graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, with a degree in Business, in 1964. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He joined the Army in 1964, graduated from Officer Candidate School, and promptly was sent to Vietnam serving in military intelligence. He was honorably discharged in 1968, having earned a Bronze Star Medal, and the rank of Captain.
He married Maxine Touart in 1967; they had three children together and later were divorced. He married Janet Williamson Marten in 1981 and inherited her two children. At the time of their union, the children’s ages were 13, 13, 13, 9 & 7. They all resided together in Franktown, CO., and life was very interesting for the next several years. However, the “other” parents were supportive and cooperative which was very helpful. He was so proud that they all grew up to be productive, functioning adults, were good people and parents, furthered their education, and had health insurance. One of the children noted in a letter that he had a good business sense, taught them that nothing comes without hard work, that keeping your word is critical, and that there are always “dues to pay.” He was very direct and honest with others and was a leader, both in his business endeavors and personal life, and his sense of humor and his love for his family and friends were legendary. Chuck, early in his career, went into business for himself as owner of Casa-Nova Builders and C-N Pump Co. He built many homes, mostly in the Douglas-Elbert Co. area of Colorado, and he was very active in community affairs, as president of the Parker Chamber of Commerce, a “lifer” member of the Parker Days Festival committee, a member of the local Builders’ Association, and was awarded the “O’Brien Award” as outstanding Citizen in 1985 by the Parker Chamber. In 1991, he and Jan decided to try the “Snowbird” RV life and he retired, while Jan continued to work as a “seasonal” ER RN through the years. Many wonderful RV trips later, they settled in Lake Havasu City, AZ in the winter and moved to Big Horn (Sheridan) WY in 1993 as their primary home. Their family remembers many July 4th gatherings at the cabin on Little Goose Creek as some of the best times they shared. They both loved Wyoming, its scenery, people and values. In Havasu at the Islander RV Resort, and later at the Windsor Beach Condos, they again made enduring friendships. Chuck was not a horseman, but he was fine with Jan hauling a horse up and down the road from WY to AZ and her “horse” friends in both locales were his also. Horses were to be observed from a distance, but he did get enjoyment from both of Jan’s burros, Coco and Pedro, and the dog Bandit.
Chuck loved sports; played many as a youth, and was a sharp, knowledgeable observer in later years. He coached soccer, swimming & softball for his children and siblings, and umpired youth baseball. He loved golf; both playing when he was able and later enjoyed watching the “majors” golf and “March Madness” basketball, filling out brackets and betting with family. The net gain each year for the winner was approximately $1.00. In later years, severe COPD limited his physical activities, but never his wit or mental sharpness. He was a compliant patient, following both doctors’ and wife’s orders in the attempt to maximize his quality of life. He was a member of the Sheridan Elks Lodge and attended First Presbyterian Church in Sheridan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Bruce Deaver, and sister Susan A. Deaver. He is survived by his wife Janet, brother Douglas R. Deaver (Diane) Aptos, CA, daughter Laura D. (John) Wurzenberger, Centennial, CO., sons Matthew C. Deaver (Kiersten) Parker, CO, Brett E. Deaver (Stephanie), Jupiter, FL., stepdaughter Kerry Marten, Elizabeth, CO. and stepson Josh Marten (Sinikka), Flower Mound, TX. and ten grandchildren: Karlee, Adam (Ally), and Nicole Deaver, Annabelle and Casey Mason, Kyla and Ryan Deaver, Torunn, Odin and Maren Marten, and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church “Camp Story”, 2121 Colonial Dr., Sheridan, WY, 82801, to “Meals on Wheels” in c/o the “Hub on Smith”, 211 Smith St., Sheridan, WY 82801, or CHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy, 501 US 14, Sheridan,WY, 82801, or to the charity of your choice.
The family expresses sincere thanks to the staffs of Sheridan Memorial Hospital, The Sheridan VAMC; and Havasu Regional Medical Center, for excellent and compassionate care these past years.