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Posted: Wednesday, Mar 24th, 2010

MONTE VISTA—Lifetime Monte Vista resident Douglas L. Shriver, 53, died March 19, 2010 near Creede.

He was born Dec. 20, 1956 in Monte Vista to Henry F. and Dorothy Evans Shriver, and married his wife of 24 years, Karla L. Smith on May 24, 1986 in Monte Vista. 

Doug served in numerous capacities and was very active in the San Luis Valley with water.  He served as vice chair for the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, was a Rio Grande Water Users Association RGWUA representative for the Colorado Water Congress, served as director of the Lariat Ditch Company as well as a director and current president of RGWUA, volunteered as a director for the Centennial Ditch Company and was currently serving as vice president and was on the Issues Committee and board member of the Citizens for Colorado’s Water. 

Along with his work on water issues, he was active with the Colorado Groundwater Commission as a board member since 2006. 

Doug was active in and a life sponsor of the San Luis Valley Ducks Unlimited, was on the San Luis Valley Wetland Focus Committee, served as president of the Monte Vista Rotary from 2001-2002, was on the committee and peer review member of the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration, an active member of the Monte Vista Co-op and prior board member, and currently was elected to board of Farm Credit of Southern Colorado. 

Doug was named the Monte Vista Chamber Man of the Year in 2008 and dedicated many hours to the success of the Ski-Hi Stampede. He was also a Life Member of the NRA.

He recently took the opportunity to tutor fourth and fifth graders at the Bill Metz Elementary School and enjoyed the time spent with these children. He was a very proud of his involvement in improving the personal lives and living conditions of the children of the Santa Maria Orphanage in Colon, Mexico, administered by Father Norman. 

Doug loved the outdoors and took advantage of many outdoor activities including hunting, sporting clays, boating, fishing, snow machining, cross country skiing and golf.  In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports especially NASCAR, golf, basketball and football. 

He and his wife Karla had the fortune of hosting more than six foreign exchange students who Doug treated as if they were his own children.  His love was his family, especially his many nieces and nephews and the many friends who he considered family.  He loved his community and, most of all, he cherished his life together with Karla, the love of his life.

 His parents, Henry and Dorothy; his brother, Jack Shriver, his sister, Beth Shriver and his father-in-law, Robert Smith preceded him in death.  He is also preceded in death by his dogs that he considered family, Josh and Cody Dog.

Survivors include his wife, Karla, of the family home; his mother, Zola Shriver of Bella Vista, Ark.; his brothers and sisters, Deanna (Dwight) Morris of Fairbanks, Alaska, Larry (Janet) Shriver of Colorado City, Kay (Mel) Cooper of Pueblo, Randy (Laura) Brown of Monte Vista, Jean (Bill) Kelley of Thayne, Wyo. and David (Sandy) Brown of Denver; his mother-in-law, Margaret Smith of Holly; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara (Duane) Hichcock of Burlington, Bob (Alane) Smith of Colo. Springs, Pam Ochs and Alan (Jackie) Smith, all of Wichita, Kan., Jana (Greg) Carlin of Burlington; his faithful companions Miss Sadie, Buddie Dog and JJ; as well an numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

A funeral service for Doug and Ray Wright will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the Bill Metz Auditorium in Monte Vista. 

Contributions may be made to the San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone or to the Ski-Hi Stampede Committee for the Ski-Hi Park renovation, and may be made through Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista which is directing arrangements. 

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