Donald C. Headlee, Jr. Obituary

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Published: 02/10/2022
Byline: Hart

Donald C. Headlee, Jr.

April 24, 1938 - February 7, 2022



Donald C. Headlee, Jr., known to his family and friends as “Don” passed away at his home in Las Animas, Colorado on February 7, 2022, at the age of 83.

Don was born in Welch, Oklahoma during the Great Depression to Don, Sr. and Zazelle Headlee. He grew up in Miami, Oklahoma, enjoying his teen years with his numerous hotrod cars and many, many friends.

After high school Don left Oklahoma to attend university in Kansas. In May of 1959 he married Sue Thomas and of that union had three children, David, Steven, and Diane.

Don then moved to Colorado where he began his 34-year career as a high school Spanish and Social Studies teacher. He also coached tennis for the Wheat Ridge High School girls’ team.

During this period, Don developed a lifelong love for the American Southwest and its rich culture. Don passed this on to his students, family, and countless others who enjoyed his seeming limitless knowledge of the southwest.

In July of 1970 Don married Santias “Rose” Martinez. Of this marriage were born sons Mark and Chris. Don lived in Wheat Ridge, Colorado up until his retirement where he then moved to a small farm outside Las Animas, Colorado. This move allowed Don to raise his many animals, enjoy woodcarving, and be close to a historical site that always held a special place in his heart, Bents Old Fort. Don even left retirement for 15 years to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Park Ranger at John Martin Reservoir in Hasty, Colorado.

Don is preceded in death by his wife Rose, his mother and father, brother, James Clay “Buddy” Headlee, niece, Nicole Schnakenberg (Headlee), son, Thomas Eric Shorter, and granddaughter, Grace Madeline Headlee.

He is survived by his brother, Gary Michael “Mike” (Patricia) Headlee; children, David and Steven Headlee, Diane (Randy) Penn, Mark and Chris Headlee; grandchildren, Scott and Kevin Headlee, Matthew (Whitney) and Cassie Penn, Paige (Michael) Bowman, Austin Headlee, Joseph and Emily Headlee, and Faith and Hope Headlee.

Also surviving are a host of other family, friends and acquaintances whom loved and respected Don, his wisdom, passions, and lifelong friendship.

He will be truly missed.

Per Don’s wishes cremation has taken place. A remembrance of his life will be held at a later date this spring in Las Animas, Colorado.

Online condolences may be made at Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home & Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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