Milton Duane Conn passed away peacefully on February 19, 2021, having lived 94 years to the day.

He was born to Sanford and Hallie Conn on February 19, 1927 in Saquatch, Colorado, the youngest of five children. He is predeceased by his first wife (Virginia), both parents, his three sisters and one brother.

He is survived by his beloved companion of twenty years, Violet Thomas, and his three children, Cindy (Tony), Kavin (Mary) and John (Christine), two stepdaughters, Tamara Matthews and Esther Josephson, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Milton quit school after the ninth grade and went to work in the Colorado mines to help support his family. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served in the Philippines for the duration of WWII, then was honorably discharged in February of 1947.

From there he made his way to Humboldt County, California where his eldest sister lived. In 1948 he bought the property located at 95 Lum Street in Weott, and would live there for the next seventy-one years.

On December 31, 1951, he married Virginia Morrison and together they adopted, and raised Cindy and Kavin until Virginia’s death in March of 1970. He adopted his son John in 1971.

Working for Morrison and Jackson Lumber Company in Myers Flat, he acquired trucks and long hauled lumber for the mill. Living elsewhere for two years, the family returned to Weott about 1961, where he would build a log trucking company. Eventually he owned five trucks displaying MD CONN Trucking in a black and white scrolled logo.

Around 1972, seeing the logging industry decline, he obtained a contractor’s license and began a paving business that would see him through to his retirement in 1998.He continued to work part time in the business after turning it over to his son, Kavin.

Always one for a joke, he will be remembered for his belly laugh and ready smile. Generous with his time, he belonged for decades to the Weott VFD and the water district and was instrumental in rescue efforts during both the 1955 and 1964 floods.

We look forward to the time the Bible’s promise will be fulfilled: “He forgives all your errors and heals all your ailments. He reclaims your life from the pit and crowns you with his loyal love and mercy. He satisfies you with good things all your life, so that your youth is renewed like that of an eagle.” Psalm 103:3-5

He will be missed and was much loved.


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