Donald Max Hall

Donald M. Hall died of liver cancer Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. He was two weeks shy of his 64th birthday.

Known as “Don,” he was born to William Max and Loretta Hall on Nov. 21, 1948, in Steamboat Springs. He grew up on a ranch in Steamboat Springs and spent his teens and early 20s in Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Hall graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa and attended Mesa Community College.

In 1976, he married Therese Fitzgerald in Steamboat. The couple had two children before the marriage ended in divorce in 1994.

The Halls returned to his family’s ranch in Steamboat Springs, where Mr. and Mrs. Hall built their log home together.

Mr. Hall worked as a mechanic and then operations manager for Waste Management in Steamboat Springs and later in Silverthorne.

The family moved to Durango in 1993, where Mr. Hall bought the Durango Smoke Shop with his brother, Glenn Hall, starting the “Hall Brothers’ Pipe Dream,” as they dubbed it. After his brother’s death in 1995, Mr. Hall continued running the business until he sold it in 2009.

He was an avid camper, hiker, fisherman and hunter.

“He taught us to love and respect nature,” his children said. “He was an amazing father, always supporting us to follow our dreams and taught us self-reliance and responsibility. He was known as a giver. He went above and beyond the role of an employer, supporting and helping the many people who worked at the smoke shop over the years.”

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his former wife, Therese Hall.

He is survived by his son, Casey Hall of Durango; daughter, Jamie Hall of Seattle; mother, Loretta Hall of Mancos; and sister, Janice Hall of Mancos.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 am. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at the Angus McPherson Memorial Chapel at Fort Lewis College. His ashes will be spread in the La Plata Mountains in the spring.