All About Town

Written by: Suzy Metzler

September 10, 2019 Edition


We lost two more residents of the Quartz Creek Valley, one on Wednesday August 28 and one on Saturday
August 31. The couple, just married in May of this year, were Donavon Moss and his wife Kaycee Moss, were both involved in a three-car collision along Highway 50 between Parlin and Gunnison at about 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28. Both lived at their home on County Road 76 between Parlin and Ohio City.

Donavon passed away at the scene of the accident and his wife Kaycee passed away on Saturday, August 31.

At the time of this writing, the obituary for Kaycee Moss is not available. The following is the obituary for Donavon Moss, provided to me by his niece, Kayla Moss who lived with her family just outside of Pitkin and were part of the Pitkin community for many years.

February 4, 1949 – August 28, 2019

Donovan Curtis Moss, 70, was born February 4th, 1949, to Donald and Jeanne Moss in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He left this world to join Jesus for the long haul on August 28th, 2019.

Donovan’s parents wed July 2nd, 1943, and shared 6 children together. Donny was the second oldest of the six. Donovan was just a teen when he met the love of his life, Victoria Light, while both attending high school in Westminster, Colorado. At just eighteen and sixteen, the two love birds got hitched on October 27th, 1967. In their first year of marriage they welcomed their only son, Jesse, on February 22nd, 1968. They loved Colorado and called the Quartz Creek Valley home for nearly 30 years. They owned a ranch in Parlin and they left a lasting footprint there. They also owned and operated the W Cafe, in Gunnison, CO, for nearly two decades! Donny was a collector of all things throughout his young life and he quickly became the legendary Bit and Barterer we all knew and loved today. Through his
years of collecting, he developed the idea to turn scrap metal into money. His business venture boomed into a success nearly overnight and “The Junk Guy” was born!

Tragedy struck at home when Donovan and Victoria’s son, Jesse, passed away unexpectedly on April 4th, 2016. Just three short months later, Donovan’s life long partner and best friend, Victoria, joined their son in everlasting life with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Before Victoria descended into the arms of the Lord in June 27th, 2016, Don and "Pic" celebrated FIFTY Valentine's Days together and forty nine loving years of marriage.

On May 25th, 2019, Donovan said “I do” once more to Kaycee P L Haynes (Patty). He was excited to begin a new adventure with Kaycee. They had recently arrived home from their honeymoon, where they had traveled the West coast, when tragedy struck once more.  Their
love story was inexplicably cut short on August 28th, 2019 just 3 months after they wed. They were both called home to Jesus following injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Donovan was no stranger to tragedies. He lost more than most do in a lifetime. But he remained loving, kind and bright spirited through it all.  The tears he wept were silent and private, but he continuously and effortlessly made people smile. Don showed the world what a gracious, hardworking and loving heart he had.  He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. May we never let him leave our thoughts when the sound of a jake brake echos between mountains. Don showed us that there is life after love and that lightning can strike twice.  He poured his soul and his heart into his business and family.

Donovan is survived by his eldest brother, Steven Moss; sisters Pam (Chris), Colleen (Bruce); and his youngest brother, Kevin (Catherine).  Also, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, best friends and his beloved animals.

Donovan is preceded in death by both of his parents, Donald and Jeanne; his first wife, Victoria; second wife, Kaycee; his only son, Jesse; younger brother Dennis; and his nephews, Keith and Justin.

The Moss Family is grateful for your love and support and will be announcing services at a later date.

Kaycee Moss’s obituary will be added as soon as it is available.

End of Summer Celebration: PHCA and QCIA Joint Potluck

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 6:30 pm, Newcomb Center, Pitkin. Please bring a favorite side dish or dessert.



As you can see from these photos, the willows and grasses are beginning to turn yellow and in a very few places, some of the leaves are turning yellow. Here in town and down the Valley, I have only seen one tree which was coming along quite a bit in turning. To me it seems a little bit late this year. Usually our fall foliage colors peak around September 21.

I hope all of you are having a great September!

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