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Marion Albert Stevens

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Longtime Durango resident Marion Albert Stevens died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center. He was 79.

Mr. Stevens was born to Marion J. and Lettie D. Stevens on Feb. 14, 1934, in Durango. He was the oldest of seven children.

On Jan. 18, 1955, he married Lorraine Drake in New Mexico. The couple had four children.

Mr. Stevens started working to support his family at 15. He started in uranium and coal mines, but soon learned the art of masonry and loved to build with brick and stone, his family said. One of his final projects was building Albertsons, and he also worked on homes around the Four Corners.

“Much of his work will stand in the area for the benefit of others for generations,” his family said.

Mr. Stevens also worked on the family farm, which he later purchased and made his home. After the dust from the mines and brick saws took his health, he continued ranching.

“Marion was a patriarch to his family,” his family said. “He loved them very much, and they were always the center of his world. From his siblings to his great-grandchildren, their needs were always foremost in his mind and heart, and his world revolved around them. He loved children and was ‘Grandpa’ to all.”

Mr. Stevens was preceded in death by his wife of more than 45 years, Lorraine Stevens.

He is survived by his children Glenn Stevens of Redmesa, Marvin Stevens of Pleasant View, Kent Stevens of Queen Valley, Ariz., and Lourae Minor of Moab, Utah; sister, Winona Justice, of Glendale, Ariz.; brother Walter Stevens of Craig; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Hood Mortuary, 1261 East Third Ave. in Durango.

Online condolences may be sent at www.hoodmortuary.com.

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