Hurl Risner passed away on Jan. 5 peacefully in his sleep in Denver, Colo. He was born in 1926 in Seitz, Ky., to Harry and Lura Risner, tobacco farmers. Enlisting
Matthew Lawrence Brown was born to Darrell and Sharon Brown in Wichita Falls, Kan., in 1959. He passed away tragically on Oct. 25, surrounded by friends and family. Matt is survived by his wife Julia Thackaberry; two sons Dustin and Kerry; their mother Dana Brown; Dustin’s wife Autumn; and brother David. Matt moved to the Gunnison Valley in the late ‘70s to ski and pursue a business degree at Western. He was an entrepreneur in Gunnison as an owner of Scenic River Tours with his longtime partner Ches Russell.
William N. "Bill" Goss passed away peacefully on Oct. 7, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of the Grand Valley, born Oct. 30, 1920, in Fruita, Colo., the oldest son of Morgan and Rose (Pritchard) Goss. He graduated from Fruita Union High School in 1938. Following graduation he attended Ross Business College and worked for the Colorado Wool Growers Association before enlisting in the Air Force in 1942. After completing airplane mechanics school he was accepted into the pilot training program.