James R. “Wes” Perrin, 63, of Telluride, Colorado died on Tuesday, March 19, in Denver, from cancer at the Denver VA Hospital Community Living Center.
He was born on May 18, 1949, in Detroit, Mich., to Matthew Perrin and the late Audrey Perrin. Wes married to the late Lita Colleen Hallam in October 1968 in Grand Rapids, Mich., where they resided until her passing in 1972.
Wes served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He studied creative writing at Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich. After moving to Telluride in 1973, Wes worked as a deputy marshal in the Telluride Marshal’s Department, with Telski and served on the San Miguel Power Association Board of Directors.
Environmentalism led him to pursuing work for renewable energy solutions, in the Southwest region, which stemmed from his love of hiking in the mountains and his desire to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
He is survived by two children: Joshua Perrin and his wife Anjalee, of Denver, Colo.; and Nichole Perrin and her husband Christopher Polley, of Whitefish, Mont. He is also survived by his father, Matthew Perrin of Grand Rapids, Mich., and three sisters: Linda Behm, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Kathleen Perrin, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Judy Perrin of Kalamazoo, Mich.
In memoriam, please make contributions in Wes’ name to:
Thank you to Rick “Chance” Leof and Marta Unars, Bob Saunders, Chris Myers and Michael Saftler for the care and support given.
A memorial is being scheduled for mid-May, in Telluride.