Coleman Madison Tucker
1940 - 2020
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Coleman Madison Tucker, known as Skinflint by dad, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2020 with family by his side. Coleman was born on February 10, 1940 in Finley, Oklahoma to Carrel and Adred (Carlisle) Tucker. His father took his wife and children Douglas, Coleman, Kenneth, and Rita around the country looking for work to

many places such as Galveston, TX, Delta, CO, Denver, CO, California, and Oklahoma.

After graduating from Delta High School, Coleman joined the Army National Guard in August 1959 through 1965. It was during this time that Coleman was set up on a blind date by a friend with Linda Rhonstadt and although it was short lived, he said he had a great time. At some point during that time, Coleman and Kenny took off to Albuquerque and then California to seek new adventures. While in Albuquerque, Coleman worked at Montgomery Wards in a Flower Shop (surprising to us as well) and then in California took a stab at acting and actually ended up auditioning for a movie but James Dean won out (go figure). He also worked for Rocketdyne and claimed he met

the famous aerospace engineer, Wernher Von Braun. He also met his future wife there, Dee Ann Pettinger. After they got married they moved to Chicago and he worked for Hunt's Foods and Wesson Oil. They later moved back to Colorado with their two young children, Tracy and Todd, and eventually found their way to Durango in the early 70's. He had several jobs including driving for Frito Lay and burying communication lines with Tucker Construction. His favorite job was working for the Parks Department as a Park Ranger which he did for many years until he retired in 2013 due to health issues.

Coleman is survived by brothers Doug (Nina), Kenneth (Shirley), sister Rita Warfield, daughter Tracy (Max) Martin, son Todd (Anna) Tucker, grandsons Quinn and Quaid, granddaughter Eva (Matt Gonzalas) Tucker and great granddaughter, Lacey Mae Gonzalas. His nieces and nephews (Jessica, Josalyn, Eron, Chris, and Mike) adored

him as well.

We would like to invite everyone to join the family for a Celebration of Life at on Monday September 28 at 2 p.m. at Fassbinder Park, 140 W. Park. Please bring a lawn chair and a good story if you have one. If you can't come, please celebrate Coleman in your own way with a cup of coffee, some sweet pastry, or a beer. Coleman loved a smoke

but we don't recommend that.

Coleman was everyone's friend and we will all miss his beaming smile and ornery

sense of humor. He is free of pain and worry.

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Published in Pine River Times on Sep. 25, 2020.
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October 26, 2020
My Dad was the calm in the storm, a home body, and also quite the adventurer.
I remember one winter in the mid-1970's we were returning from a visit with my aunt/uncle (Kenny and Shirley) who built a house east of Elmore's Store. We were in our 1970's Jeep Commander. The snow was piling up during a blizzard and roads were nearly impossible to see. I remember how exciting it was to see snow splashing over the hood of the jeep as dad drove through the growing drifts, just like in the T.V. commercials.
To get home more quickly, Dad wanted to take a short cut, and we dashed across some fields adjacent to a creek. I saw no sign of a road (look back, I'm guessing it was maybe CR 229?); the terrain was unrecognizable due to the depth of snow and density of the snow fall. Visibility was nil.
I remember my mom, sister and I being concerned that we might get stuck, but dad was confident. He asked to borrow my sun glasses so he could see better, and after some bucking and wrangling the Jeep Commander made it across the valley, a small bridge, and the depths of the snow. I remember him putting it in four-wheel drive, how he concentrated on the drive, how snow kicked up the side of the jeep when he turned, how the snow frosted trees, the beauty of the snow fall, and the soft pure look of the landscape as we navigated the questionable route. While I was young, I estimate the snow was well over a foot deep (maybe even two). We eventually emerged from the short cut and made it safely home.
I have so may similar stories, like when he took me to the top of the Three Sisters in Grand Junction, Colorado (before it was a non-motorized park) in the same Jeep the year before; or 4x4-ing with him near the Book Cliffs in Mesa County; and teaching me to ride motorcycles. He taught me so much, shared miles and miles of beautiful countryside in southwestern Colorado, and is the reason why I do a lot of what I do.
He helped me learn how to adapt and stand on my own two feet. He was also always the first to step up and help those in need.
I miss you Dad.
Love Todd, your son.
Todd Coleman Tucker
September 27, 2020
Coleman was a great neighbor back in the day, a nice man & intersting personality. His dog, Clover, was BFF with our dog as well. Be at peace.
Pamela Irwin
September 27, 2020
Coleman could always make a joke about any situation or person. He loved going to lake Powell, and would tell stories about blowing up cans of corn in the fire. Always young at heart and ornery.
Max Martin
September 26, 2020
I’ll miss my Dad, Durango won’t be the same with out him. He made friends with everybody and was a fixture at the Durango dinner for years. He loved his job with Parks and recreation. I’ll miss his quick wit and constant jokes. Goodbye Dad, I’ll miss you
Tracy Martin
September 26, 2020
We had great fun growing up and would usually get in trouble whenever
They would come to visit.
Dave Tucker
September 26, 2020
I will always have the memory of our car trip to Durango. The stories and your victory over the window. I love and miss you
Eron Wilke
September 25, 2020
Coleman worked for the Durango Silverton trains when I was married. We celebrated by riding the train. He was the ticket collector that day. He got part of our trip refunded and gave us our tickets back as mementoes. There are a few other memories, however, that one is the best. Rene (Ludeman) Kinyon, eldest daughter of Joe Ludeman and Pat Tucker
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