Alan Kurt Lee

Former Durango resident Alan Kurt Lee died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at his home in Redmesa. He was 55. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Mr. Lee was born to Robert E. and Blanche Wheeler Lee on Feb. 12, 1957, in Bountiful, Utah, and lived the first two years of his life in Farmington, Utah. The family moved to Colorado in 1959.

He attended Durango High School but did not graduate at that time. He then joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., home of the Army’s Signal Center. He became a multichannel communications equipment operator and a rifle expert.

After his military service, Mr. Lee worked in the Magma Mine in Superior, Ariz., until it closed. He spent a year as a prison guard in Arizona, then went back to mining at the San Manual Mine, in San Manual, Ariz., until he moved back to Colorado in 1989.

Mr. Lee married Debbie Byrd (now Fields) Dec. 18, 1977. The couple divorced after 16 years of marriage.

“Alan was devoted to his daughter and supported all of her interests,” his family said. “He loved the time spent with her and her family. Alan was good working with his hands and loved hiking and spending time in the outdoors.”

Mr. Lee is survived by his mother, Blanche Lee of Cortez; daughter, Stephanie Ann Silva of Massachusetts; brother Robert E. Lee of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters Annette Decker of Cortez, Linda Colson of Aledo, Texas, and Sheila Lee of Lubbock, Texas; one granddaughter; and 20 nieces and nephews.

A service will be held in February.