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Obituary, Stephen H. Hohn

A celebration of the life of Stephen H. Hohn will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 4-8 p.m., at the Gardner Community Center. Steve, 64, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, of an apparent heart attack. A resident of Huerfano County for more than 40 years, he was a drywall contractor, family man, an avid fisherman, and an integral fixture on the local music scene. A consummate blues and rock songwriter, singer and guitarist, Steve was a regular performer at Libre and Gardner Hippie Days, and could frequently be found sharing the stage with many other local artists, including Brent and Babs Seawell, Fred James, Mary-Anne Brandon, Ken Saydak and Mark Craddock. Over the years, he was a member of several local and regional acts, including Rough House, High Altitude, Taints, and The Usual Suspects. He ran “Fishin’ Hole Studio” in Walsenburg, where he produced and engineered recordings for many local musicians, helping launch up-and-coming acts and providing a creative oasis for a range of professional recording artists. Chicago (now La Veta) bluesman Ken Saydak’s album, “It’s My Soul,” (Evidence, 2005), was recorded there,

as were “Goodbye Blue Monday,” The Mark Craddock Trio, (Snailworks, 2008), and Hohn’s own release, “The Taints: ’Taint Blues,” (Taxim, 2009), featuring Hohn, Fred James, Phil “Fingers” Farrell and Nashville blues artist Bleu Jackson. Steve was preceded in death by father Joseph Hohn, mother Elsie Harvey Hohn, and brothers John (Betty) Hohn and Joseph Hohn. Surviving siblings include sisters Maytie (Harry) Harrington, Lisa (Bill) Johnson and Mimmi (Steve) Haag; and brothers Bill (Jan) Hohn and Bob Hohn. He had many nieces and nephews, including special nephew Mike Halloran. He is survived by his wife Joyce and sons Jason (Amber) Wick and Stephen (Jennifer Vallejos) Hohn; as well as grandchildren Kaya, Zoe, Tatum, Elyse, and Ellasyn. He will be missed by his dearly beloved dog, Bo.