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William Earl Knox, known as Bill, age 70, of Coalmont, Colorado, died Tuesday November 27, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his wife, daughter, and close family friend. He was born on February 13, 1937, in Wray Colorado to Earl A. and Blanche Lottie (Cheney) Knox. The family moved to Ft. Collins in about 1942, when Bill was 5 years old. He attended Ft. Collins High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Sandra Latham. They were married April 7, 1957 and made their first home in Ft. Collins. To this union were born 3 girls. The family later moved to North Park where Bill worked as a cowboy for the Grizzley Ranch. Bill worked several years as a precision lathe operator for Woodward Governor. He also worked for Lone Star Steel as a mechanic and Supervisor. He continued to use his mechanical skills as a Field Engineer for Heath Farm Equipment. Bill traveled the United States, Canada and even Venezuela working with farmers to design and repair their equipment. Bill and Sandy worked to purchase their farm in Waverly in 1971. He raised cattle on the farm in the winter and summered them on the family ranch in North Park. In 2000, he and Sandy purchased the Latham Family Ranch which has been in the family since the 1890’s Bill has been a lifelong rancher and cowboy. He was a good horseman, and broke and trained many fine cutting horses. John Lyons told him he had one of the best set of hands he had seen. Matlock Rose said of Bill, that he has a nice way of handling a horse. Bill was born 100 years too late, though he worked many jobs to provide far his family, his heart was happiest when working with horses. He enjoyed driving his teams of horses to feed cattle or just take the family and grandkids for a ride. He was able to relive history when he and daughter Diana participated in the National Pony Express Memorial Ride. Bill rode the leg from Ovid, Colorado to Chappell, Nebraska. Bill was a fine artist and drew western cartoon horses, carved wood figurines and sculpted bronze figures of western life. Bill enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending his grandkids sporting events, 4-H and school activities. He truly loved his family. Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra, daughter Kathy and Dave Johnson of Mo, JR. Higgins, Kayla and Kaylana of Hayden. Michelle and Zach Terrell, Savanah and Max of Mo, Casey and Jacque Higgins of Saratoga, daughter Diana and Terry Dillon of Julesburg, April Dillon and Jason of Thorton, Branden and Michelle Dillon of OK, Brook Dillon and Keith of Thorton, daughter Nancy and Ty Wattenberg of Walden, Scotland Wattenberg of MT. Memorial contributions may be sent in Bill’s name in care of the Mountain Valley Bank for the Wattenberg Community Center Building Fund Equine expansion.

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