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Melvin Wayne Staats

January 10, 1947 — June 8, 2022

Melvin Wayne Staats

January 10, 1947 – June 8, 2022

On June 8th, 2022, Melvin Wayne Staats went to be with our father in Heaven. Melvin Wayne Staats was born on January 10th, 1947, in Telluride, Colorado to parents Lowell Staats and Esther (Morlang) Staats. Mel was raised in Nucla, Colorado alongside his brother, Gerry Staats and sister, Shirley (Staats) Hill, where their father worked as a uranium miner. After graduating from Nucla High School, Mel successfully pursued a bachelor’s degree in Range Ecology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Soon after Mel married Polly Dickerson and welcomed his first son Kristopher Staats on October 13th, 1975. Eventually Mel and Polly parted ways but remained close friends. Mel then married his love, LeaAnn (Garrett) Staats on May 29th, 1982, and remained married to her for the rest of his life. Mel and LeaAnn welcomed son Trago Staats on April 12th, 1989. Mel’s favorite hobbies included leather crafting, woodworking, spending time with his family, and most importantly farming. During Mel’s lifetime he was a uranium miner, worked for the bureau of land management, served as county commissioner for Montrose County, and spent long hours diligently caring for his farm. Mel took much pride in his farm, and it was very apparent. Mel never knew a stranger and treated everyone like one of his own. Mel will be missed by his wife, LeaAnn Staats, children, Kris (Rikki) Staats, Trago Staats, his grandchildren Kolebran Staats, Jerrod Staats, Makenzie Gilbert, Sophia Smuin, and Kooper Staats. Mel is preceded in death by his parents Lowell and Esther Staats, his brother, Gerry Staats, and his sister, Shirley Hill.

Funeral Services will be held at the Nucla Town Park on Sunday, June 26th, at 1:00 PM, with graveside services for close friends and family to follow. There will then be a Potluck at the Nucla Fire Department afterwards. Funeral arrangements provided by Crippin Funeral Home.

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