Dave Charles Petet
7-26-1946 ~ 9-22-2011
Dave Charles Petet died in his sleep on September 22, 2011.
Dave moved to Walsenburg, CO in the spring of 2008. He and his wife, Pat had purchased land in 1999 with the dream of retiring in Colorado where Dave could enjoy his interests of wildlife photography, hunting and rafting.
Dave was born in Manhattan, KS July 26, 1946.
His father, Murel W. Petet and his mother, Myrna Dabbs are both deceased. His parents divorced early in his life and Dave spent much of his childhood moving between his parents and his maternal grandparents.
Dave was passionate about the military and joined the Kansas National Guard, and served in the United States Army Reserves for twenty-three years. He retired from the service as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He relished logistics and managing medical services to support military missions. Dave worked as an electrical power lineman for many years with Westar Energy.
He was forced to retire due to a back injury in 2001. This experience made him even more aware of the suffering of people and became active in the Democratic Party in Topeka. He avidly upheld the values of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Dave was married to Janice Petet for 23 years and they had three children who survive him Denise Marie Petet, Crystal Diane Petet-Barnes and Melody Dawn Petet-Snyder. He is survived by two grandchildren Cayman Rae Barnes and Zoey Jane Petet-Snyder. Dave married his second wife Patricia W. Henry on New Years eve of 1993.
They enjoyed many years of adventures including snorkeling and diving in the Carribean; dog sledding in Minnesota; rafting in Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho and Utah and observing polar bears in Canada.
A service honoring his life and his spirit will be held at Boies-Ortega Funeral Home on Friday September 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the following: Mission Wolf Colorado; Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth); the Democratic Party: or the Nature Conservancy.
Services by Boies-Ortega Funeral Home in Walsenburg.
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