Alan Wayne "Deeks" Reynolds was born March 21, 1935, the son of Bruce and Leola Reynolds, in Sanford, CO.
Alan, a good-natured, disciplined, patient, kind, hardworking, and fun loving person, was raised on the family cattle ranch, Reynolds Ranch, next to the Conejos river in Sanford. He loved to work and play outside and learned to swim like a fish by jumping into the river. It was either swim or drown! He raised 4-H steers for 9 years and used his profits to begin building his own herd. He loved raising cattle, putting up hay, irrigating, and maintaining the machinery. He was a skilled mechanic/welder and could repair anything. A very intelligent man, he was inventive and had a knack for figuring out how to make things work.
Alan loved sports, especially basketball and football and was a talented athlete. In high school his team played in the state championship and he was selected for the all-conference team as a senior. In his later years, he watched every football, basketball, and baseball game possible on TV.
He served in the United States Army from 1957-60 in Army Security graduating first in his class and he was then stationed in Germany for most of his term. He has a great love and respect for our country. He attended Adam's State College where he was an honorable student, making the deans list. He received his degree in teaching and physical education. He taught school first in Sierra Grande then moved to Sanford High School where he taught for 30 years. He was a beloved, excellent teacher and mentor, usually being noted as his students’ favorite teacher year after year. He loved coaching basketball and was a respected, outstanding, patient, and fun coach leading his teams to many wins.
On June 12, 1964 he married Mary Beth Jackson in the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They made their home in Sanford and eventually welcomed their daughter Leann. He was a fun loving husband and dad, always making his family laugh and taking them with him to every possible basketball game, event, mountain trip, vacation, and on the ranch.
His greatest pride and joy is his family. He loved spending time with his grandkids, especially taking them on many overnight ventures to the fish pond every summer, shopping trips for prizes, and any other time he could possibly spend with them. Lately, he was blessed with 3 great grandchildren who he adored and they adored him.
Alan is a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Among many callings, he had the opportunity to serve as Bishop in Sanford First Ward, Stake President of the Manassa Colorado Stake and in the Denver and Albuquerque temples for many years. He truly loved the people he served both in and outside of the church, and had the gift of making them feel special. He was an influence for good in many lives. He had incredible integrity and always counseled all he knew to never be a sneak, thief, or liar. He loved to give money to his family and others who were in need. He said if you always give you will always have, and that proved true for his life.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Phil and Mack Reynolds, his sister Eloise Peterson, and his beloved wife Mary Beth.
He is survived by his children Leann and Brad Huffaker, his grandchildren, Macy and Colton Sutherland, Morgan and Payton Jones, Brendon and Skylar Huffaker, and Keegan Huffaker. His great-grandchildren Creed Alan, Saylor Monroe, and Scottlynd Lee Sutherland. Also, his youngest brother Jay Reynolds along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held Thursday June 23 from 7-9 pm in the Sanford Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and again from 10-10:45 am before the funeral which will begin at 11 am on Friday, June 24. Burial will follow in the Sanford Cemetery.
Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes and words of comfort for Alan’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com