Charles Paul Hartanov

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Mancos resident Charles Paul Hartanov died Friday, May 4, 2012, at his home. He was 62. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Known as “Paul,” he was born July 27, 1949, in Richmond, Va., the youngest child of Andrew and Phyllis Hartanov.

He grew up in various places in California, and in the 1960s, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies.

After he graduated, he participated in a peace march during the Vietnam War held in California.

In the mid-1970s, Mr. Hartanov moved to Mancos, where he raised his daughter and lived the remainder of his life.

Mr. Hartanov worked as a carpenter throughout Colorado for more than 30 years.

“Paul was a man of many dichotomies,” his family said. “He loved fine wine and travel, but he always had his heart in a small town and was anchored to the earth through his gardening. He was a lover of jokes and laughter, but he was inquisitive and of a serious mind. He was sensitive and empathetic, but truthful and strong-willed. He was smart beyond measure but rejected the conventional ways of the world.”

He was most proud of his daughter, and enjoyed spending time with his dog, Lieutenant.

Mr. Hartanov is survived by his daughter, Dr. Ciela Hartanov of San Diego; and siblings Tammie Coronado, Natalie Haughton and Drew Hartanov all of California.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at the home of Tim and Sara Miller, 41324 County Road G in Mancos. Friends are asked to wear flip-flops in his honor.

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