William Robert Delaney
August 7, 2008
William Robert Delaney died Aug. 2, 2008, at his home near Glenwood Springs. He was 91. Bob, as he was known, was born in Meeker on March 13, 1917, to James and Anne Carbrey Delaney and grew up on the familys ranch on the lower White River. He graduated from Meeker High School, then went on to the University of Denver and Westminster Law School. While attending law school, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Denver. His law studies were discontinued during World War II. On the day following Pearl Harbor, the FBI ordered him to Alaska, where he worked until joining the Army Air Force. On July 24, 1946, he married Mary Constance Wheat, of Los Angeles. They moved to Glenwood Springs, had three children and were happily married until her death in 2004. Bob, having completed law school and been admitted to the bar, began his legal career working for his uncle, Frank Delaney. The practice of law afforded him a diverse, interesting career. In 1948, Bob was elected district attorney of the Ninth Judicial District and served for 12 years. At that time, a district attorney also had a civil practice in addition to his official duties, and Bob formed a partnership with Kenneth Balcomb, starting the firm Delaney & Balcomb. Bob also served as Pitkin County attorney and city attorney of Glenwood Springs. He took a great interest in water law and served as counsel to the Colorado River District and counsel to the Middle Park Water Conservancy District. In recognition of his accomplishments as a trial lawyer, he was admitted to the International Society of Barristers. Over time, Bob took an increasing interest in business and corporate law. He was general counsel and a corporate officer to the Mid-Continent Companies, which included industrial and real estate enterprises, serving as a director and president of Mid-Continent Minerals, president of the Redstone Corporation and Oak Meadows Development Company, and vice president of Mid-Continent Resources, Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co., Carbondale Mine Services and Pitkin Iron Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of the Central Bank Corporation and of the First National Bank in Aspen. He had a great belief in the value of education and served on the board of the Roaring Fork School District and was a trustee of the L.S. Wood Charitable Trust. Bob was a devoted husband and a kind and loving father. He was tenacious and determined. He did not complain. He had a wry wit, and his sense of humor never deserted him, even at the end of his life. He believed hed had a fortunate life. His own words were Ive had a good run. He had, indeed.He is survived by his children, Rob Delaney, Ralph (Betty) Delaney and Diane Delaney, and his grandchildren Laurie Delaney and Ryan Delaney, all of Glenwood Springs; his sister, Elizabeth Amick, nephew Bob Amick and niece Sandra Bradfield, all of Meeker; and his favorite brother-in-law, Ralph Wheat, of Northridge, Calif.A viewing and visitation is scheduled Friday, Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m., at the Farnum Holt Funeral Home, 405 West 7th St., Glenwood Springs. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. James Episcopal Church, 368 4th St., Meeker, with burial following in the Highland Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper St., Glenwood Springs. A reception will follow at the historic Hotel Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connie Delaney Medical Library, c/o the Valley View Hospital Foundation, or to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.