Tana Lynn Wedum Bate, former Westword columnist
Tana Lynn Wedum Bate, known for her humor and jazz column writing for the alternative weekly newspaper Westword in Denver, died Sept. 21, 2017, following a long illness. A Denver native, she was a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. She is remembered by friends as being “the funniest person that many of us will ever know,” said one obituary.
That obituary also noted that: “Before ill health sidelined her, Tana devoted most of her free time to her hundreds of Denver friends, many of them ‘media types’ she met while writing for Westword. During this period of her life, many long-gone Denver nightspots echoed with the wisecracks and hysterical laughter of Tana and one of her best friends, her sister Ann.”
Her professional career also included time at Glamour magazine in New York City, being a corporate writer for (Glenn) Jones International University in Denver, and working for TCI International (now Liberty Global). Late in life she married Richard Bate, a prominent oil and gas attorney, and worked for him as well.
She is survived by her sister; brothers John and Bill; nieces Kristine, Julia, Katy, Olivia and Eleanor; and nephew Spencer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis L. and Mary C. Wedum. Services are pending; she will be interred with her parents in the All Souls’ Walk at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver. Memorial contributions are welcome for organizations she supported: Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.
James R. “Jim” Egan, co-owner of Egan Printing
James R. “Jim” Egan, co-owner of Egan Printing – founded by his grandfather in 1891 – died Oct. 8, 2017, after living for 90 years as a Denver resident. He was a graduate of Regis College (now Regis University) and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II.
The Egan Printing Company was started on Larimer Street in Denver by Thomas C. Egan. Today the business is in its fifth generation with a staff of 17 that includes nine family members serving the Rocky Mountain West region with full printing services, including direct mail.
Egan married Elaine Minot in Denver 60 years ago. They had eight children. He is survived by his wife; seven children, Kathleen (Dennis) Machlica, Howard (Roslyn), Eileen, Nancy (Tom) Tearney, Mary (Ken) Krehn, Steve and Paul (Cindy); nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Mary Egan; daughter Helen Egan; sisters Patricia and Margaret (Chet) Poremba; and brother Tom. A funeral mass was scheduled for Oct. 20 at Risen