Sheldon Gurr, 83
Sheldon Gurr passed away at Post Falls Life Care on Oct. 9, 2017.
Sheldon was born on Oct. 19, 1933, to Lawrence and Zora Gurr in Vernal, Utah, Davis Ward.
He attended Bonanza Elementary school through the eighth grade, and Uintah High School before going to work in the Browns Park area of Colorado. At age 17, he won the Saddle Bronc Championship at the professional rodeo in Vernal. At age 18, he joined the Army. He went to Korea in 1951 and served as a firefighter. He was discharged in 1953 at Fort Lewis, Wash. He hitchhiked to Vernal, arriving home on Christmas Eve.
Sheldon worked in the gilsonite mine in Bonanza until 1956. He moved to California where he worked in construction as a carpenter, and superintendent in San Diego and Los Angles areas.
In 1959, he married Colleen Bates. They had three children together and two children from Colleen’s previous marriage. In the 40 years he lived in San Diego, he created two successful construction companies, Structural Framing and Gurr Enterprises. These companies built hundreds of projects all over the San Diego County area.
In 1991, he retired and moved to Post Falls, Idaho, where he couldn’t sit still and continued Gurr Enterprises, building several apartment buildings and duplexes in the North Idaho area.
He was an avid golfer, competing in tournaments around the country. He also traveled extensively, including trips to London, Venezuela, Argentina, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. His sense of humor was legendary as he always had a quick one-liner or humorous story to keep people laughing. He didn’t like actually fishing, however, he would pay someone to fish for him while he sat and watched.
He loved spending time with his children who were his life and he doted on them constantly. He is survived by his children, Shelly Gurr of Post Falls, Kevin Gurr of La Mesa, Calif., Ken Gurr of Santee, Calif., and Robert Bates of Galt, Calif.: his sisters, Ione Koukoulias of Murray, Utah, Carolyn Wiseman of Vernal and Kathy Underwood of Kirkland, Wash.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a multitude of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Parley and Larry Gurr; and daughter Debbie Bates.
The family wants to thank Post Falls Life Care for the love and care they gave to Sheldon. He knew he was truly loved.
A celebration of Sheldon’s life will be held in Vernal in the spring or early summer 2018.