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April 2013       Vol. 42, No. 4       Page  86
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In Memoriam

Mark Goodman Bender
November 21, 1953–February 7, 2013

Joel C. Davis
February 5, 1936–February 5, 2013

Jack A. Engles
d. February 27, 2013, age 83

Francis (Frank) Wesley Jamison
d. 2013

William B. Marshall, Jr.
May 21, 1946–February 24, 2013

Michael M. McKinstry
October 1, 1947–January 21, 2013

Milton E. (Bob) Meyer, Jr.
d. February 14, 2013, age 90

Claudia D. Miller
April 7, 1946–March 5, 2013

Andrew M. Schauer
July 12, 1966–February 27, 2013

Joel C. Davis


Joel C. Davis passed away on February 5, 2013, the day of his 77th birthday. He was born in Craig, Colorado to Elmer Denton (Jack) Davis and Gladys Minerva Davis. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1954. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado–Boulder in 1958, followed by a law degree in 1962.

Joel was a long-term resident of Boulder. After graduation from law school, he was appointed Boulder Assistant City Attorney, a position he held for one year. He then became manager of the Boulder office of Transamerica Title Insurance Company. In 1968, he accepted a position as a partner in the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs. In 1972, Joel and his friend and classmate from law school, Peter Dietze, founded the law firm of Dietze and Davis, P.C., which will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in fall 2013.

Joel was licensed to practice law in Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was widely recognized as an expert in the field of real estate titles and real estate title insurance, and for many years was listed among the Best Lawyers in America®. His practice included estate tax planning and the administration of estates. He was active in the CBA and chaired the association’s Section on Real Estate and Titles in 1978–80.

Joel was active in the community. He served on the Boulder City Council from 1966 until 1968, when he resigned to practice law in Denver. He was a long-term member of the Chamber of Commerce of Boulder, the board of which he chaired in 1974–75. For many years, Joel served on the Board of United Bank of Boulder (now Wells Fargo Bank). He was a trustee of Avista Hospital from 1978 until 1991.

Joel is survived by his daughter Jennifer Persson and son-in-law Jonas Persson, his granddaughters Heather Persson and Bridget Persson, his former wife and loyal friend Debra Towne, and his stepson Troy Saine and wife Lori and their daughter Alexandra. Joel Davis was a kind-hearted man, a wonderful father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He was a highly respected lawyer and a thoughtful leader of the community. He will be missed.

—Submitted by Peter C. Dietze


Jack A. Engles

Jack A. Engles pursued his career in law and raised a family, all while being involved in many hobbies, including being a private pilot, radio-controlled model airplane enthusiast, model train enthusiast, artist, and bird carver. Jack died on February 27, 2013, at age 83.

Jack started law school at the University of New Mexico and, after one year, completed his legal training at the University of Denver and passed the bar exam in 1954. His early years of practice included working for Legal Aid, during which time he met and then married his wife Helga. Jack eventually started his own general practice in Denver and was a bankruptcy trustee for a while. In the 1970s, he moved his practice into a building he purchased in Lakewood, which was later dubbed by his friends the "Engles Mansion." This building was the office location for a number of attorneys for more than twenty years. Jack was a great help and mentor to several young attorneys in the building who were starting their own practice. He also played an important role in helping several legal assistants commence careers in the legal profession. Jack practiced law in a way that reflected his strong religious values, and many of his clients became life-long friends.

Jack was able to succeed in his law practice and overcame his hearing disability, which developed at an early age. However, in the 1980s, his deafness became much worse, such that he no longer felt he could practice in the courtroom. He then decided to do the office work and research for his clients while co-counseling with other attorneys for the court appearances. Jack went into semi-retirement in the 1990s. His attorney registration was still active when he died. Over the later years of his life, Jack lost his hearing completely, his vision failed, and he had difficulty walking. That said, Jack never lost his sense of humor. Even in his last days of life, he was still joking with friends, family, and the hospital staff—including telling the hospital staff that he would sue them if they kept him alive.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife Helga. He is survived by his three sons John, Eric, and Donald; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many relatives. Thanks, Jack, for being a part of our lives.

—Submitted by Kurt W. Peterson


Michael M. McKinstry


Fairfield and Woods P.C. is saddened by the loss of Michael M. McKinstry, a long-time director of the firm, who passed away on January 21, 2013 while vacationing in Costa Rica with several of his close friends. "We are heartbroken," said Managing Director Caroline Fuller. "Mike was a great lawyer, a kind soul, and just one of the best guys anyone could hope to have the pleasure of working with. We will miss him terribly."

Mike was born in Waterloo, Iowa on October 1, 1947. After graduating from West High School in Waterloo, Mike moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado. After college, Mike decided to pursue a career in law, and his love for Colorado led him to enroll at the University of Colorado Law School. On receiving his JD in 1973, Mike accepted a position as a law clerk with the Honorable Robert H. McWilliams, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Following his clerkship, Mike took a position at Fairfield and Woods, where he spent the rest of his professional career. For his entire thirty-eight-plus years with the firm, Mike concentrated his practice in commercial real estate, lending, and business transactions. He was well known in the real estate industry, having represented local, national, and international clients in connection with a broad aspect of real estate matters. He was a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations, and a past member of the University of Colorado Real Estate Council.

Mike was a dedicated husband, father, and loyal friend who lived every day to the fullest. When he was not coaching his children’s sports teams, Mike could be found supporting his beloved Colorado Buffaloes; playing golf; or spending time at Grand Lake, where he enjoyed boating, sailing, playing horseshoes, hiking, and giving water-ski "lessons." Mike lived life with an energy and joy that was admired by all. He was a friend and mentor to many and will be missed by all who knew him. Everyone will remember his friendly smile and infectious laugh.

Mike is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Megan Sussman, Ty McKinstry, and Andy McKinstry; his grandchild Hanley McKinstry; and his sister Jane McKinstry. Memorial contributions in Mike’s honor may be made to the University of Colorado Foundation. Donate online through or send a check to CU Foundation, Attn: Processing, 4740 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301. Checks must be made payable to the CU Foundation with a note in the memo line indicating the gift is being made in Mike’s honor.

—Submitted by Fairfield and Woods P.C.

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