William J. Donagan

Durango resident William J. Donagan died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Durango. He was 74.

Known as “Bill,” he was born to David and Irene Donagan on Dec. 18, 1938, in Janesville, Wis. He graduated from Colfax High School in Colfax, Wis., in 1957. He served in the Navy for 4½ years with a helicopter anti-submarine squad on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.

On Oct. 5, 1963, he married Karen Kiekhafer in Colfax. The couple moved to Durango in 1979.

Mr. Donagan worked for Sperry Corp., which later became Unisys Corp., for 30 years until his retirement in 2001. His work included two-year assignments to Rome and Sydney, and many states in the U.S., but he always returned to Durango. During his tenure at Sperry/Unisys, Mr. Donagan began as a computer programmer, became a systems analyst and went on to become a project manager.

After retiring, Mr. Donagan worked as a snowmobile guide at Durango Mountain Resort, then as a groundskeeper at the Glacier Club. He was a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 507 in Durango.

Mr. Donagan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and picking wild mushrooms, especially the morels in Michigan and the king boletes and chanterelles in Colorado.

Mr. Donagan was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori “Star” Sutherland.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen Donagan, of Durango; son, Sheldon Donagan, of Durango; brother, Dan Donagan, of Colfax; sisters Pat Marko of Wheeler, Wis., and Kathy Jenson of Menomonie, Wis.; and two grandsons.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.