Former longtime Durango resident Arlene Carnes Ingle passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Colorado Springs. She was 92.
Arlene was born to Hallie W. and Rozella (Hart) Carnes on July 22, 1929, in Baker City, Oregon. The direct descendant of brave Oregon Trail pioneers, she grew up on the family ranch near Haines, Oregon where she was active in 4-H, became a skilled horsewoman, and graduated from Muddy Creek High School with honors.
While attending Eastern Oregon University she met Donald (Don) Ingle who she later married in Boise, Idaho.
With three young daughters in tow, Arlene and her husband relocated throughout the Pacific Northwest and Colorado in Don's capacity as a company representative for Standard Oil of California (later Chevron). The Ingles became longstanding entrepreneurs after moving to Durango, Colorado in 1962 and established Ingle Oil Company. While active in her children's many activities, she was also a leader in Beta Sigma Phi, numerous other community organizations, all while helping manage the petroleum business in Durango and Cortez. And she and Don could "cut a rug" at Velma's Supper Club like no others.
Her early formative years were spent in the depths of the Great Depression and during World War II, where she was part of a loving, tight knit and merry extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in an idyllic rural setting. She transferred that love and affection to her own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Arlene and Don's home was the constant epicenter of fun and celebration with family and friends (and every possible brand of breakfast cereal and cookies). And wilderness horse trips, excursions to Vallecito Lake, Navajo Lake, and the houseboat at Lake Powell had her serving as the ultimate planner and hostess. She and Don remained well connected to family and friends in Oregon through regular trips home in generations of family private planes.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Don, infant daughter Deah Michele, granddaughter Hallie Webber, sister Audrey, and parents Hallie and Rozella Carnes. She is survived by daughters Donna (Dave) Webber of Grand Junction, Deanna (Bob) Riley of Durango, Debi (Dennis) Jones of Colorado Springs, and son Don Jr. (Karen) of Highlands Ranch; seven grandchildren; and fifteen greatgrandchildren.
A private burial for both Arlene and her husband Don will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City, Oregon.
Memorial contributions in honor of Arlene may be made to Eastern Oregon Museum c/o 14514 Muddy Creek Lane Haines, Oregon 97833
Published by Pine River Times on Nov. 5, 2021.