Former Durango resident Robert Michael Turner died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at his home in Castle Rock.
Mr. Turner was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, on July 25, 1939, to Jack and Roberta Turner.
The family moved to Denver, and Mr. Turner graduated from East High School in 1957. He met his first wife, Linda Edelmann, in college. She died in 1973.
He first moved to Durango in 1967, and he owned and operated a Texaco and Firestone franchise.
He married his current wife, Cynthia, in 1975. The family moved from Durango in 1978, returning in 1998.
Mr. Turner worked in the food warehousing industry for many years and formed his own business, Turner Consulting Inc., in 1992. In 2008, he and his wife moved from Durango to Castle Rock to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
His love of the Southwest was apparent in the short stories he wrote and in his paintings, many of which are of local landmarks. One of his stories was published in Old West magazine. One of his paintings of downtown Durango can be seen on the menu cover of Francisco’s Restaurante Y Cantina, as well as the on the restaurant’s salsa bottle label.
Mr. Turner also enjoyed fishing and camping. An avid reader, his favorite thing to do was take a road trip.
Mr. Turner is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Jayne Turner, of Castle Rock; mother, Roberta; children Jack Turner, Scott Turner, Sandy Boehm, Brent Turner and Ryan Turner; brother David Turner; nine grandchildren; three nephews and a cousin.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Grace Chapel in Castle Rock.