Carol Lee Robinson

Former owner of Ute Pass Courier

Carol Lee Robinson

Carol Lee Robinson, who with her husband Roy once owned the Ute Pass Courier newspaper in Woodland Park, died Oct. 17, 2016, after a five-year battle with dementia and related diseases.

She was born Jan. 11, 1938 in rural Sherman County, Kan., to Philip Peter and Fern Johnson Peter. Robinson attended a country school through eighth grade, then graduated in 1955 from Sherman Community High School in Goodland, Kan. She went to business college in Denver, then returned to her hometown to serve jointly as secretary of the Goodland Chamber of Commerce and also as the community's Western Union agent.

On July 31, 1960, she married Roy Robinson in Goodland. The following year, they moved to Lamar, Colo. In 1966, they bought the weekly Ute Pass Courier in Woodland Park and settled in to raise their family. Their son Robert and daughter Michelle graduated from high school in Woodland Park.

She and her husband were active in newspaper publishing in Cripple Creek, Eagle, Westminster and Fort Morgan. Roy also served as president of the Colorado Press Association. In 1998, they moved to Graham, Texas, where Roy was publisher of The Graham Leader and vice president of Graham Newspapers, Inc., a subsidiary of MediaNews Group. The couple returned to Colorado in 2014 when her advancing illness required more family care and assistance.

She is survived by her husband, Roy, of Denver; her daughter, Michelle Koenig (Mark Koenig), of Centennial; her son, Robert, of Denver; a granddaughter, Nadia Robinson, of Pueblo; a grandson, Jonathan Kopec, of Centennial; two sisters, Bonnie Jones, of Westminster, and Kathy Schupp, of Aurora; a brother, Dean Peter, of Westminster; two aunts; and numerous cousins. Funeral services took place Oct. 20 at Greenwood Community Church in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Martha Parker Burgess

Longtime journalist and public information specialist

Martha “Marty” Parker Burgess died Sept. 3, 2016, in Lakewood, Colo., at age 62. She was born June 24, 1954, in Dunkirk, N.Y., and grew up mostly in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1976 and went on to a long career in journalism and public information, including 34 years with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, where she was the first to be honored twice as Employee of the Year.

She married Mark W. Burgess in 1983. She was a fan of the Denver Broncos, St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers. She served on the Altar Guild of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lakewood for 20 years. Burgess also enjoyed exploring the Colorado mountains with her husband and children, and did needlework, crafts and cards that she shared with family and friends.

Burgess is survived by her husband; a daughter, Hillary Martha Mullen (Lucas Mullen); a son, Parker William Burgess; parents Dr. Brent M. and Martha S. Parker; sisters Beth Parker and Meg Parker; an aunt, The Rev. Joan A. Shelton; sister-in-law Krislyn Dudley; and many cousins and nieces. A private service took place.