Donald Lawrence Hosner

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Longtime Durango resident Donald Lawrence Hosner died Monday, June 4, 2012, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 81.

Mr. Hosner was born to Avery and Gertrude Hosner on April 3, 1931, in Durango. He was the youngest of three children and a sixth-generation descendant of Daniel Rogers, who was a guide for the Baker Party, which came to the area in 1861.

After attending elementary school at St. Columba Catholic School, Mr. Hosner graduated from Durango High School in 1950. He went on to earn an associate’s degree from Fort Lewis College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico.

On Feb. 15, 1958, he married Barbara Lee Krantz in Durango.

He worked at Graden’s Department Store for many years.

Mr. Hosner was active in the Democratic Party.

“One of the most exciting things that ever happened to us was when the Colorado Democratic Convention was held in Durango in 1960,” his wife said. “That’s when Jack Kennedy and his brothers Robert and Teddy came with their wives. Don asked me if I wanted to meet JFK when he was walking through the lobby of the Strater (Hotel), and when I said yes, he pushed me into him.”

Mr. Hosner was active with many community associations such as the Durango Chamber of Commerce, the Trainsmen Association and the Knights of Columbus. The Trainsmen brought in dignitaries and celebrities, including George Gobel, Gov. Richard Lamm and Miss Colorado, for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s opening day each year.

Mr. Hosner also volunteered for a number of committees at FLC, including the Steering Committee for the celebration of Colorado’s Centennial in La Plata County in 1976.

The Hosner family moved to Scottsdale in 1982. Mr. Hosner continued working in the clothing industry for Hanny’s Men’s Clothes and Suit for You, retiring in 2008.

The Hosners owned one of the five original cabins, which was built by Frank and Helen Daniels, at Electra Sporting Club from 1970 to 1982. Mr. Hosner also enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.

Mr. Hosner is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Lee Hosner, of Scottsdale; children Chea Morris of Modesto, Calif., Laurie Popovich of Danville, Calif., Kevin Hosner of Phoenix and Kimberly Hines of Kitzingen, Germany; brother, Jerry Hosner, of Keller, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango. A reception will take place afterward at St. Columba Parish Hall, 1830 East Second Ave.