Carrol Denver Whitmire
Carrol Denver Whitmire passed away Saturday, March 25, 2006, at his home in Golden Valley, Ariz., due to complications of emphysema. He was 74 years old.
Carrol was born Nov. 16, 1931, in Stilwell, Okla., to Geraldine Whitmire and John Wilson.He was elected sheriff of Pitkin County and served from 1966 to 1976. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Aspen for many years and a member of a band that performed on weekends.
When he left Colorado, he worked for the federal courts for 10 years in Reno, Nev. He worked in law enforcement his whole life. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Golden Valley in 1999. He worked at the Superior Court in Kingman, Ariz., until he became too ill to work.He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Carol L. Whitmire; children Lonnie (Liz) Whitmire of Basalt, Kathy (James) Arndt of Moore, Okla., Joy (Dirk) Hale of Loma, Cheri Brown of Silt, Ken and David Whitmire and Debi Upchurch of Colorado; brothers Don and Bill Mathews; sisters Donna Myers and Elaine Satterfield of Colorado; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren of Colorado and Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and Roy Mathews of Colorado and John and Faye Wilson of California.A memorial will be held at a later date for his family and friends.
Flying in the mountain towns like Snowmass can be dangerous: Get a little too trigger happy with the burner as heat escapes the balloon’s thin fabric, and you soar way, way too far “up, up and away.”