Hudson Whitney Wagenseller

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Durango resident Hudson Whitney Wagenseller died suddenly of a heart attack Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home. He was three weeks shy of his 60th birthday.

Known as Whitney, he was born to Sherman and Kathleen Strong Wagenseller on Dec. 28, 1952, in Los Angeles. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in California.

Mr. Wagenseller moved to Durango in the 1970s and attended Fort Lewis College for a couple of years. In the late 1970s, he married Lori Zott in Lakewood. The couple had three children together before the marriage ended in divorce.

Mr. Wagenseller worked as a carpenter and owned Tanah-Brooke Construction. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking.

“He was a remarkably spiritual person, unquestionably connected with Mother Nature, art, and, most importantly his three kids,” his children said. “He was truly the most incredible human being who connected with so many people near and far.”

Mr. Wagenseller is survived by his father and stepmother, Sherman and Janet Wagenseller of Los Angeles; daughters Brooke Wagenseller and Tanah Wagenseller, both of Denver; son, Tyler Wagenseller, of Denver; sister, Sharman Knox, of Palos Verdes, Calif.; brothers Trent Wagenseller of La Jolla, Calif., and Ward Wagenseller, Laine Wagenseller and Scott Wagenseller, all of California; one grandchild; and numerous extended family members.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at the Dalton Ranch Clubhouse, 589 County Road 252.