Harold Edward Urton, Jr. (Bud) was born in Greeley, Colorado on September 5, 1933 to Harold Edward Urton Sr., and Henrietta Oliva (Burkhardt) Urton. He lived in Greeley until he was in the 6th grade then his family moved to East Denver where he attended East High School.
In January 1951 during his senior year of high school his family moved to Lakewood, Colorado where he graduated from Lakewood High School.
After high school he joined the Air Force where he was a Radar Technician in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) stationed in Misawa Japan. He flew in the rescue planes manning and repairing radar equipment during the Korean War. He then attended and graduated from Denver University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Development and Building Engineering.
After leaving the Air Force in 1956 he returned to Lakewood, CO where he met Patricia Ann Cooper the love of his life, they married August 23, 1959. They had two girls, Elizabeth Ann (Michael Anuszewski) born September 25, 1962 and Janice Louise (Jack Bisgard) born May 19, 1965. They were then blessed with one granddaughter Savannah Alexis (Tony Varra) born December 28, 1992 and blessed again with a great grandson Tucker Jackson born March 23, 2016.
Bud was a jack of all trades and through the years he worked laying carpet and tile, building houses and mainly working in the banking field as a loan officer and property manager for bank owned properties. Throughout the years they built a house and did several fix and flip homes. They owned a six unit apartment house for 17 years. Bud retired in 1988.
In his early years in enjoyed working on and racing dragsters “Rails”. He also owned many beautiful cars over the years including a 1934 Ford Coupe which they took to classic car shows.
Throughout the years as a family starting when the girls were toddlers they enjoyed boating, waterskiing, snow skiing, tent camping, fishing and traveling in their many boats and campers always seeing beautiful and interesting things.
At age 60 he drove a stock car at Pikes Peak then at age 65 he decided to get into 4-wheeling (Jeeping). One of the first trails they tried was the granddaddy of them all, the Rubicon in CA. using their first Jeep that wasn’t modified much, the other Jeepers in the group said they would never make it but of course he proved them wrong and made it without any trouble. Pat and Bud then modified two beautiful Jeep Wranglers and went Jeeping in Moab many, many times doing the hardest trails. They joined two Jeep Clubs meeting and making friends with a lot of fellow jeepers. They also traveled to other states to go Jeeping seeing a lot of beautiful country only seen if you had a vehicle that could get you there.
At age 84 Bud passed after a short time with Cancer that had spread throughout his body. He had his family by his side until he passed. He was very loved by his family and many others. He was still sharp as a tack.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Denver Rescue Mission, 6100 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80216 or www.DenverRescueMission.org.