Willis A. Jarrett

Willis A. Jarrett, age 75, a resident of Woodland Park since 1990 and formerly of Canon City, Colorado, passed away in the arms of his loving wife, Linda, on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at his home in Woodland Park. He had retired after working many years as a Correctional Officer at the Colorado Department of Corrections in Canon City. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Willis Alan Jarrett was born on July 3, 1937 in Liberal, Kansas to the late Hiram and Geraldine (Lightfoot) Jarrett. He was a graduate of Ellicott High School and attended Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison, Colorado. He married Linda Margaret Simmons-Montano on June 9, 1990 in Colorado Springs. He loved woodworking, wood carving, chess, fishing, and playing his banjo. He had a unique personality, was a prankster, had a wonderful sense of humor and will be best remembered for his story telling and spending time with friends and family.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Woodland Park.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; his children: Ruth (husband, Fred) Alire of Canon City; Crystal Jarrett of Canon City; and Alan and Tammy Fustini of Canon City. He is also survived by Linda’s children: Dave (wife, Robin) Montano of Florissant, Colorado; and Doug Montano (son, Dakota) of Woodland Park. He has sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Willie is preceded in death by his parents and a step-son: Chris Montano.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 785 Apache Trail, Woodland Park, Colorado. A reception will follow the services at the church.

Memorials may be made in Willis’s name to Odyssey-Gentiva Hospice, 5526 North Academy Boulevard, Suite 108, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918.

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