Donald Eaman Sharp
6-11-1951 ~ 2-2-2013
His life began 61 years ago in Dallas, Texas. His Canadian mother, Mary Elizabeth Shaver Eaman (Molly) and New Yorker father, Howard Macdonald Sharp, moved to Texas in search of a job. Day two in Dallas landed his father a job at Tempco. Day three landed his mother with their first born son.
They lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the next 9 years, joined by two brothers and a sister. In 1960 the family moved to Littleton, Colorado where Don attended school graduating from Arapahoe High School in 1969, followed with two years at Arapahoe Community College where he studied Art and Biology.
An Eagle Scout, who attained God and Country status and Order of the Arrow, Don always enjoyed being outside, hunting rattlesnakes as a teenager and when older searching for mushrooms or spelunking in caves around the country and Mexico. Don enjoyed scuba diving when he was younger, was an expert skier, and often owned horses, pigs, chickens or ducks. He was most passionate though, about flying the Cessna Cardinal he co-owned with his brother.
Don’s demeanor was generally that of a happy camper and a loyal, courteous and cheerful boy scout.
Don spent most of his working life in the families metal stamping and spinning factory, where he was an accomplished metal spinner.
In the last 10 years, Don’s primary focus was on building his home outside of Walsenburg, where views of the Spanish Peaks, and horses in the pasture hinted at the peace he had always hoped for. Construction on the house lingers to this day due to the insidious servitude alcoholism demands. The shadows of his dream were outlined by the slowly evolving house against the crumbling tack rooms and paddock.
The happy camper, having nearly died at least five times since the age of 14, has closed his eyes in peace since the battle is finally over. Don Sharp’s lifelong battle with alcoholism, ended when he suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to get his pickup truck out of the ditch after a recent snow storm. Rest in Peace brother.
Don was preceded in death by his mother in 2010, and his father in 2011. He leaves behind his two beloved dogs, Stitch and Bolo, who stood by his side from the moment of death until three or four days later when his body was discovered by a farmer on his way to feed the cows.
His brother Ken lives in Pueblo, sister Janet Pritchett lives in Denver and Ridgway, and youngest brother Walter lives in Littleton.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward