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
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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