William A. Curns Obituary
February 23, 1947 – December 29, 2016
William (Bill) Curns, age 69, passed away at his home in Peyton CO. He was born in Colorado Springs and lived in the Peyton area all of his life.
Bill worked at Ampex for 17 years. After retiring, he owned and operated several businesses including a firewood business, power washing, property management and he was a consignment agent for the Colorado Trappers Association Fur Auction for many years. He was an avid lifetime hunter and trapper and hunted from Africa to Alaska.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Lillian and sister Doris. He is survived by his wife Mary, and her children Wade (DiAnne), Sheila (Bill) and Tammy (Paul); grandchildren Serenity, Daniel, Eric, Blake, Ethen and Eli; one great granddaughter Talia and a cousin Robert.
A memorial service will be held at Living Word Community Church, 532 Colorado Avenue, Calhan, CO on Saturday, January 7. Viewing will be from 9:00 – 9:45 AM, with services at 10:00 AM. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 AM at the Peyton Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at 12:00 PM at Living Word Community Church.
In honor of Bill’s great love for the outdoors, feel free to wear your camouflage attire.
Charitable donations can be made to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
Farewell to Bill Curns
When I moved to Colorado Springs in the mid 1970’s, I went to work at the Ampex Company. One of the first guys I met there was Bill. We shared the love of hunting and the outdoors. Our friendship has now spanned more than 40 years. At that early point in our lives neither one of us knew that two things would soon happen that would affect us and also many of you folks that are reading this story. First, the greatest fur boom in the history of the fur industry had just started. Second, a small group of dedicated trappers met in Fairplay, Co. and started planning for a state trapper’s association. The group was scheduled to meet again in the spring near Golden, Co to write up the by-laws of what was to become the Colorado Trapper’s Association [CTA]. The CTA became a leading force in the trapping community. Many of those early charter members are still active in the association today. In 1978 a gaggle of trappers, Marvin Miller, Marion Davies, Peggy and Bill Curns, Major Boddicker, Jim Durr, Dale Stoner and myself traveled to the National Trappers Association [NTA] Convention in Scribner, NE. Somehow from this adventure the CTA was selected to host the 1979 NTA convention, it was held in Monte Vista, CO. The NTA convention would never be the same again. The CTA’s trend setting idea of doing actual trap demos in the field was unheard of. We bused and trucked those eastern trappers out into the fields and really showed them how to make good sets and locations. Actual proper skinning and pelt preparations demos were held, there was also mountain man competitions, a Buffalo BBQ, and lots of partying. The CTA’s annual convention was soon on the must attend list of many trappers from across the country and still today we have a great program that has helped us past the boom and bust period, the passage of Amendment 14, and the general decline of the fur industry. There are a few things about Bill that we all will remember, #1, I never saw him without a pinch of chew in his lip, #2, he always had a joke or story to tell, always very colorful and rarely were they political correct, #3, the day Bill left Ampex he vowed to never touch a computer again. Well, he didn’t need one!! Those of you who have seen his shop/garage, storage sheds, and his fantastic trophy room knows of his organizational skills. A perfect motto for him would read “A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place”. He will always be remembered as the go to guy at the CTA fur auction and all the other things he did for CTA. Yes Bill, you have left a huge void here with your many friends, your CTA family, and especially with Mary, the kids and those grandkids. One of Bill’s proudest things in his life was being a grandpa !! May peace be with you all today as we celebrate Bill’s life.
Submitted by Dick Hane
The Colorado Trappers and Predator Hunters Association is the State’s leading promoter of Trapping and Fur Harvesting activities while playing a intricate part in the education and management of the State’s Furbearing Animals, while upholding the ideals of our unique trapping heritage. The CTPHA continues to not only be part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stakeholders processes but also continues to take on the various non-consumptive groups that are trying to not only take away hunting and trapping but also decide on how all Wildlife is managed.
The CTPHA Fur Auction held in February of each year in Hugo, Colorado provides a venue for Trappers and Fur Harvesters to sell their fur throughout Colorado and the West while allowing them to get their furs to the Worldwide market and supporting the industry. The auction generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in Fur sales while helping to keep alive the Fur harvesting opportunities.
The CTPHA also exhibits to over 500,000 people annually at the Denver National Western Stock Show while educating the general public about trapping, hunting and general wildlife management. During this event the CTPHA continues to donate a Fur Coat to Miss. Rodeo Colorado while continuing to promote the industry.
Additionally, the CTPHA provides Scholarships to the NRA Whittington Center Youth Outdoor Adventure Camp to further the education about hunting, trapping, and the need for such activities for future generations. Affiliations with the National Trappers Association and the Fur Takers of America as well as Furbearers Unlimited have allowed the Colorado Trappers and Predator Hunters Association to become one of the top advocates in the Western United States while defending Sportsmens Rights in general, also the CTPHA provides scholarships for continuing education relating to Wildlife Management, Agriculture, Biology, Forestry, and Environmental Sciences.
While being a 501 C-6 and addressing the concerns of its hundreds of members the Colorado Trappers and Predator Hunters Association continues to provide the education and dedication to further promote Furbearer Management as well as recreational opportunities within the State.