Durango resident Robert Edward Sammons died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at his home. He was 75.
Mr. Sammons was born to Phillip and Mary Alice Sammons on April 7, 1937, in El Paso, Texas. He spent his childhood in El Paso, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1955.
After attending one year of college at the University of Texas at El Paso, Mr. Sammons joined the Navy. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va. While in the Navy, he served on the USS Richard E. Krauss and traveled through the Bermuda Triangle five times.
Upon leaving the service, he returned to El Paso and worked for his father and brother in the construction industry.
In 1961, Mr. Sammons went to work for El Paso Natural Gas Co. in Farmington, where he enjoyed a 35-year career doing various jobs, including field clerk, maintenance and linesman.
In 1963, he met his future wife, Barbara Seale, in Durango. They met at a local establishment, when she was lucky enough to drive his red T-top convertible Corvette around town, she said. The couple married June 15, 1963, at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango.
In 1966, the Sammons family moved to El Paso, returning to Durango in 1975.
Mr. Sammons was a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 507 and St. Columba Parish. He served on the Board of Directors at St. Columba and was involved in 4-H and Babe Ruth Baseball.
Mr. Sammons loved golf, the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Broncos and all Durango High School sports.
“He loved watching and being a part of his kids’ and grandchildren’s lives,” his family said.
Mr. Sammons is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Barbara Sammons, of Durango; daughters Mary Leigh Miles of Durango, Dianna Dawn Sammons of Albuquerque and Joyce Suzanne Walters of Highlands Ranch; son, Barry Eugene Sammons, of San Diego; sister, Helen Robbins, of Austin, Texas; brother, Jack Sammons, of Houston; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DHS Athletics, 2390 North Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301.