Don Raymond Rundell passed away on April 14 in Gunnison, Colo., at the age of 77 surrounded by his family.
Don was born in Salida, Colo., to Carl Bender Rundell and Amy Etelka Harpold on June 28, 1942. After graduating Salida High, he sought out the opportunity to attend Western Colorado University where he studied business. Don was an enlisted member of the Army National Guard. During that time he worked at various jobs including the Salida Livestock Commission where he was a livestock auction consigner for the Western Slope.
On June 26, 1971 Don married Bette Trampe in Gunnison and soon undertook the ranching lifestyle. Over the years Don devoted himself to working on Trampe Ranches, where he found a love for the agriculture industry. Throughout his time on the ranch he was actively involved in the Gunnison agriculture community. Serving as president of the Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association, a member of both the HHP Habitat Protection Program and the 4-H Junior Livestock Committee. Don’s love for agriculture only continued to grow. He was actively involved in his children’s 4-H livestock projects and even had his own club lamb herd. Don loved working with kids in the community and helping them with their livestock projects. With each meeting both child and Don walked away learning something.
After 38 years of ranching Don retired the trade and went back to school where we earned his Agriculture Appraisers License. Don worked as an agriculture appraiser for the Gunnison County Assessor’s office for over a decade where he traveled throughout Gunnison County. He collected and provided property data, and valuation services to Gunnison County property owners, taxing entities and the public.
Don later retired from the assessor’s office and started his own home based business of custom embroidery. He loved the constant progression of learning, and he always welcomed new challenges that the embroidery business allotted him. Don was able to channel his artistry and create alluring designs for several organizations in and outside of the Gunnison Valley.
Don’s ambitions only thrived through the years. He loved the workmanship of team roping, mastery in woodworking, sketching, innovative handiwork and craftsmanship. Don embraced the values of family and loved to do anything outdoors.
Don is preceded in passing by brothers Bill, Jack, Fritz and Pat Rundell.
He is survived by his wife Bette Rundell, daughters Karla Rundell and Shelby Rundell, twin brother Dan Rundell and younger brother Bobby Rundell.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Don Rundell Memorial fund at Community Banks of Colorado.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.