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James Golden Bair

Birth Date: November 27, 1909
Death Date: January 12, 1998


THELMA Childs Mayne BAIR
Geneve Hogan Bair
Myrtle Amanda Bastian Bair

Burial Details

Cemetery Name: Rosebud Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Glenwood Springs, Colorado


Eagle Valley Enterprise page 14 - January 15, 1998
James "Golden" BAIR passed away Jan. 12 at the Glen Valley Care Center in Glenwood Springs after a lengthy illness. Golden, as he was known, was born 11th of 14 children to goodly parents, Joseph Elmer and Eliza R. MOSS BAIR in Alpine, Utah, on Nov. 27, 1909.
Golden attended his early years of school in Alpine. At the age of 10, Golden moved to Colorado with his family, who was part of the ayne, Bair, and Dunsdon Sheep Ranching Co. In Colorado, Golden attended school in the Emma HIZER cabin at Bobcat, at the Cotton Wood Ranch. He also had school upstairs in the old ranch house. Golden attended public school in Glenwood for a short period.
The company split when George MAYNE died. Eventually Golden bought out his father, Joe BAIR. Golden later bought Roy MAYNE out who had bought his father's estate. He later purchased the Allen Ranch, which is the present Bair Ranch in Glenwood Canyon, from George DUNSDON. Golden lived there until he was hospitalized.
Golden was not a large man in stature, but he was a great spiritual giant, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He helped to establish the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley areas.
Golden loved to hunt and fish and grow huge gardens with lots of beautiful flowers. He loved his family to gather around especially for the family dinners when 50 to 60 family members would gather at his and Thelma's home in Glenwood Canyon.
His greatest love, aside from his wife and family, was his love of his animals, his horses and his sheep. Golden herded sheep on the Flat Tops, north of the Colorado River, just across from the ranch and also on the ranch side, south of the Colorado River, then to the Utah desert for winter range.
Golden enjoyed staying in a sheep camp, which is the size of an 8-by-10 foot tent. He preferred the camp to walking across the foot bridge and going to the house.
Golden lived and worked on the Bair Ranch in Glenwood Canyon most of his life. Golden married Geneve Hogan and later divorced. Four children were born to this union: LeGrande, Bonnie, Judy and Larna Gayle.
Golden married Myrtle Amanda BASTIAN. Two children were born of this union: Craig and Vaniel. Golden has been happily married 29 years in June to Thelma Childs MAYNE BAIR who was at his side when he passed away.
Survivors include his wife Thelma of Gypsum. Legrande--Kathy of Lehi, Utah; Craig--Doris of Glenwood Canyon; Bonnie Moon--Leon of Jensen, Utah; Larna Gayle PHILLIPS--John of Bountiful, Utah; Bob (Joy) and Dick (Luanne), both of Gypsum; Jerry (Alveda) of Palisade; and Karl (Janet) of Conifer.
There ar 34 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Survivors also include Elmer O. BAIR of Carbondale and Freeman "Elwood" BAIR-SHARRY of Roosevelt, Utah, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family members who preceded Golden in death were his parents Joseph and Eliza, brother and sisters, Daniel, Roy, Clyde, Irene, Gene, Harold, Neva, Leila, Howard, Gladys and Ruth. Also preceding him in death were daughters Judy EKLUND and Roean Vaniel BAIR.
Services are Saturday, Jan. 17, at noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Glenwood Springs, with viewing at the church from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. preceding the service. Burial will be at Rosebud Cemetery following the service in Glenwood Springs.
In lieu of flowers, Golden and Thelma ask that you spend time with family and take them out to dinner.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page 2C - January 15, 1998


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