Charles Frederick ‘Fritz’ Foutz

Oxford resident Charles Frederick Foutz died after a two-year battle with cancer Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at his home of 40 years. He was 75.

Known as “Fritz,” he was born to Charles Frederick and Florence Louise Foutz on Sept. 30, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio.

After serving two years in the Army, he attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

On Aug. 20, 1960, he married Linda Ann Seidel in Toledo, Ohio.

The Foutzes moved to Durango in 1961, and Mr. Foutz worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1983. He held several positions but was primarily a forest ranger.

In 1972, Mr. Foutz started an outfitting business in the Hermosa area. His sons were involved from an early age, as was his good friend Ron Klatt. His sons continue the business as Foutz and Sons Outfitting.

“He will be remembered by friends and family as a tough, honest man who had a great love of the mountains,” his family said. “He was often on a horse or mule, and one could tell he felt at home there. Each of his children has been blessed with the memories of the time he took with them in his high-country adventures. He instilled in them a love and respect for the high country, horses, mules and wildlife.”

Mr. Foutz is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Foutz, of Oxford; children Matt Foutz of Oxford, Teresa Foutz of Durango, Mike Foutz and Chuck Foutz, both of Bayfield, and Mary Foutz of Spokane, Wash.; sister, Anne Lodge, of Camden, Ohio; brother, Joe Foutz, of Dayton; and numerous grandchildren.

Cremation has occurred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 15449 Colorado Highway 172 in Ignacio. Burial of ashes will take place at Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.