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February 2013       Vol. 42, No. 2       Page  73
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In Memoriam

Eugene M. Alder
September 16, 1958–February 28, 2012

Toshio Ando
November 20, 1920–December 21, 2012

Dawn O. Andrews
November 2, 1959–October 20, 2012

Doña J. Ashe
April 18, 1951–2012

Dennis S. Avery
d. 2012

Ann R. Bishop
d. 2012

Andrea L. Blanscet
September 8, 1972–October 8, 2012

Douglas E. Briggs
August 12, 1955–2012

Robert B. Calkins
November 24, 1928–2012

Donald E. Cashen
March 12, 1936–May 24, 2012

Vern R. Corporon
September 2, 1936–December 11, 2012

Michael J. Duncan
October 8, 1956–May 30, 2012

Arthur A. Folsom
December 25, 1971–2012

Edward O. Geer
d. February 4, 2012

John W. Grund
May 15, 1950–December 24, 2012

Robert D. Gustafson
May 27, 1952–February 1, 2012

John B. Kline
d. 2012

Douglas D. Konkel
November 14, 1953–January 14, 2012

Richard C. Landrum
October 26, 1931–January 27, 2012

Elena L. Lawrence
February 10, 1968–2012

Scott W. Loveless
d. 2012

Nicholas Makris
August 30, 1928–2012

Kevin M. McKenna
July 11, 1964–2012

George S. Meyer
February 23, 1946–October 9, 2012

Hoyt S. Minkoff
June 2, 1966–2012

Louis A. Morrone
April 21, 1941–2012

Hugh A. Norton
July 15, 1939–2012

Alice L. Parker
January 29, 1954–2012

Gerald M. Quiat
January 9, 1924–January 7, 2013

Cynthia A. Rangel
December 2, 1959–2012

Joseph M. Riddle
October 10, 1942–November 18, 2012

Darlene Sisneros
December 19, 1960–August 31, 2012

Caroline M. Stapleton
February 3, 1956–February 4, 2012

Jerry L. Stevens
d. 2012

Ronald L. Taylor
January 6, 1950–December 23, 2012

Barry I. Tillis
April 14, 1951–2012

Gregory D. Timm
d. 2012

Jerry W. Uhrlaub
d. 2012

Russell A. Wentworth
January 22, 1976–2012

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at


Vern Ronald Corporon

Vern Ronald Corporon died on December 11, 2012 after an eight-year courageous and dignified battle with cancer. He was born in September 1936 in Aredale, Iowa to Ira Lewis Corporon and Juanita Schaefer Corporon. He was the second of ten children, and in his younger years, he lived in Kensett and Manley, Iowa. He was valedictorian of his senior class at Manley High School.

After high school, Vern enlisted in the U.S. Navy and flew "Super Connies" as a navigator out of Henderson Field in Oahu, making regular trips to Wake Island and Okinawa, Japan. He then earned his BS in Forestry Engineering from Iowa State University. He was an active member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and continued to be an active member of the Beta Alpha Chapter throughout his life. He began his first career with the U.S. Forest Service in the beautiful Manti/LaSalle Forest Range in Utah.

While living in Monticello, Utah, he met and married Miriam Carlston. Their first son, Brett, was born in 1965 and the family moved to Salt Lake City, where Vern began attending the University of Utah Law School while he continued to work for the U.S. Forest Service. After the birth of his second son, Jeff, Vern began working for USF&G and was transferred to Denver.

In addition to holding his full time job at USF&G, Vern attended the University of Denver night school, where he received his JD in 1977. He then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for several years, and subsequently went into private practice with James Treece, also a former U.S. Attorney. Vern eventually started his own law firm of Corporon, Keene, and Hoehn, which evolved over the years to Corporon and Katz and was located in Aurora.

Vern was a man of many talents and interests. He loved riding dirt bikes with his sons, friends, and clients in the Canyonlands near Moab, Utah. He also loved racing his sailboat, the Infinity, on the Dillon Reservoir, where he was Commodore of the Dillon Yacht Club. Vern earned his private pilot’s license at age 62 and flew with his family extensively. Vern was an active member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the CBA.

Vern was an incredible example in his giving of unconditional love, and had a gift for seeing the good in everyone. He was a man of immense character who was always there for his family and friends when they needed him. His kind, gentle, and generous natures, combined with his inner strength and wisdom, made him beloved by all who were blessed to have known him. He fought for his life the way he always fought for and protected others when they needed him. Vern will be greatly missed by all.

—Submitted by Craig W. Rossi


John W. Grund


John W. Grund was a civil defense attorney in Denver for more than thirty years, most recent at Grund • Dagner, P.C., which he founded and where he served as managing shareholder since 2003. During his decidedly successful career, he earned the reputation among both his clients and colleagues as an exceptional person and quintessential professional.

Everyone who knew John was amazed by his ability to master difficult legal concepts and recite details of historic cases with precision. When asked to recall authority on a certain issue, he would discuss the facts and holdings of multiple cases on point, and then provide their specific citations from memory. He took pride in being keenly aware of all developments in his practice areas and was a true student of the law. The reputation and respect he earned in the legal community resulted in him being frequently retained as an expert witness, primarily in insurance bad-faith cases.

John was a mentor to the associates who had the privilege to work with him. He had an unparalleled work ethic (although it could be intimidating for his young associates to receive his 3:30 a.m. e-mails!) that was matched only by the vigor with which he approached his practice. For him, only the very best legal work and highest ethical standards were acceptable. John was a meticulous and highly skilled writer who routinely would circulate website links to his colleagues explaining the fundamentals of comma use or when to use "that" as opposed to "which." Clients, judges, and other attorneys all deserved the benefit of his and his firm’s best efforts.

A Denver native, John grew up in Littleton and attended Littleton High School. He graduated from Pomona College in California; earned a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Washington; and earned his law degree at the University of Colorado, where he found his true avocation as an attorney.

John was an appointed member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions (since 1987), was co-author of the four-volume Personal Injury Practice—Torts and Insurance, and contributed three chapters to the Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials. He was the first recipient of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association’s John W. Grund Excellence in Leadership Award in 2001 and the President’s Professionalism Award in 2010. He was honored as a Colorado Super Lawyer® in every year of its existence.

John overcame many obstacles resulting from a trampoline injury in 1967 that left him a partially recovered quadriplegic. He met these physical challenges head-on and enjoyed many years of skiing with the Winter Park program for disabled skiers. He thrived in his deep commitment to his family and cherished his annual trips to the Oregon coast with his wife, family members, and close friends.

John’s unbelievable strength and resiliency, his loyalty, and his boundless capacity for love and truth helped to define the entire Grund family. Those of us who were lucky enough to be a part of his life are forever grateful for the time we had with this amazing man—gone too soon, and yet, by example, with us always.

John’s family is in the process of establishing a scholarship fund in his honor. Please contact Grund • Dagner, P.C. for additional details.

—Submitted by the law firm of Grund • Dagner, P.C.


Darlene Sisneros


On August 31, 2012, we celebrated the life of Darlene Sisneros, as we mourned the loss of her presence. When Darlene was diagnosed with breast cancer twelve years ago, she vowed she was only going to die one day and not every day. Darlene proceeded to live from that day forward with great intentionality.

I had the privilege of practicing law with Darlene for more than twenty-seven years. Darlene had very high standards of performance for everyone in the firm and all of the consultants we work with, but demanded no more of anyone else than she gave herself. She led by example in her commitment, dedication, and striving for perfection. Her successful legal career was a reflection of the consistency with which she approached every situation: be prepared, be thorough, be accurate, be careful, and at the same time, be creative. Darlene’s accomplishments as an attorney were recognized by her peers with the Super Lawyer® designation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Darlene was a proponent of community involvement and led by example in her service to nonprofits. In her short life, she served on the Regional Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, and the Law Committee of the Colorado Board of Law Examiners. Darlene also served as a Board member, officer, and President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Darlene was a zealous advocate of Sense of Security, a nonprofit providing financial support to breast cancer patients. She was an active and effective fund-raiser for Sense of Security, moved by her concerns for those who would be fighting breast cancer with limited funds and support systems.

As much as Darlene enjoyed being an attorney, her greatest joy was in being the wife of Emilio Lobato III and the mother of her two daughters, Pilar and Paloma. Her greatest happiness came from the time she was able to spend with her family and friends. All of us who had the blessing of knowing Darlene will deeply miss her.

Darlene’s sister, inspired by Darlene’s efforts with Sense of Security in Colorado, established a Sense of Security California. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Sense of Security California at 2636 Judah St., Ste. 133, San Francisco, CA 94122; or Sense of Security Colorado, 1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg. A, Ste. 302, Denver CO 80222.

—Submitted by MaryAnn M. McGeady

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