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April 2014       Vol. 43, No. 4       Page  76
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In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at

Field Clay Benton
August 25, 1926–February 2014

James L. Carpenter
August 18, 1930–January 28, 2014

Irving Howbert
May 9, 1916–January 19, 2014

Bruce Johnson
April 23, 1936–January 25, 2014

James Peters
d. February 26, 2014, age 62

Barrie G. Sullivan II
d. February 22, 2014, age 75

Lonnell Grant Wylie
July 21, 1982–February 24, 2014


Frederick Jones Myers

Frederick Jones Myers passed away on January 31, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Born on September 14, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Woolmer and Betty Myers, Fred spent his formative years in Taunton, Massachusetts, and summers on Martha’s Vineyard. While attending Officer’s Training School in Denver, Fred met and married Jill Gardner, an English teacher from Sylacauga, Alabama. They would make Colorado their home.

Fred graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1961 and was admitted to the bar on October 1, 1961. He practiced with the firm of McVickers and Myers, which evolved over the years with his partners L. Thomas Woodford, Charles T. Hoppin, Jon T. Bradley, and Jerald J. Devitt. Fred was an active member of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, the First Judicial District Bar Association, the CBA, and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Fred served as President of the First Judicial District Bar Association from 1978 to 1979. He was granted the prestigious First Judicial District Bar Association Award for Professionalism in the late 1980s. He retired from practice in 1998.

His life included a love of reading, football, the Red Sox, coaching his sons’ sports teams, and community involvement through legal aid. He is survived by his children Laura Myers Difraia, Ray Myers, Steve Myers, Liz Myers Morse, and Charley Myers; seven grandchildren; and his brother Rich. Fred was a tremendous father, grandfather, trial lawyer, mentor, and friend, and he will be deeply missed.

—Submitted by Bradley Devitt Haas & Watkins, PC

Lonnell Grant Wylie

Lonnell Grant Wylie entered this world July 21, 1982, on a beautiful sunny day. He was the first-born child of Herman Grant and VaLeta LaVerne Wylie. At the age of 4, Grant began his education at Ebert Elementary School. He later attended Coronado Hills Elementary, and then Columbine Elementary, where he became a valued participant of the Colorado UpLift Program. It was under the tutelage and gentle guidance of his Cole Jr. High School teachers Sharene Truesdale, Barbara Caldwell, Kathleen Kavet, Bettye Reed, and Judy Dumas, who had a profound and lasting impact on him, that he developed a sense of self and discovered the importance of education. It was at this point in his life that he developed an intense love for books and imaginary travels around the world. He was voted most likely to succeed, and succeed he did.

When Grant attended East High School, he was an outspoken, opinionated, and talkative young man with a strong personality. He was encouraged to find a way to use his voice constructively, so he joined the East High speech and debate team. Under the guidance of Marc Mullette, he won a multitude of awards and humorous honorable mentions. His days at East were his happiest times, with his best friends and his most memorable achievements and moments. In 2000, Grant graduated with honors and was selected to be a Jack and Jill Beautillion. He went on to attend Hampton University, and finished his undergraduate education at Colorado State University. He then attended the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and passed the bar exam on his first attempt. All of Grant’s hard work and passion paid off when he entered the law profession, began teaching philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and helped to mold young minds while partnering with Matt Murphy to teach speech and debate at his alma mater East High School.

In 2004, while attending college at Colorado State University, Grant met Eliza Kathleen Fox. After a lengthy courtship, they were married in Naxos, Greece, on June 1, 2010.

On February 25, 2014, Lonnell Grant passed from this life into eternal rest. He leaves his wife Eliza, his father Herman, his mother VaLeta LaVerne, his sister Veronica LoNette, grandparents, uncles, aunties, cousins, and many friends to cherish a lifetime of beautiful memories.

Rest in peace, Lonnell Grant Wylie. You will be missed.

—Submitted by Veronica Wylie

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