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January 17, 1947 - October 12, 2023
Service Date October 17, 2023
A service to honor Jerry’s life will be held at Montrose Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 17th at 2:00 p.m.
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Jerry (Buzz) Walter Marchbanks
January 17, 1947 – October 12, 2023
Jerry (Buzz) Walter Marchbanks, age 76, of Montrose, Colorado, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 12, 2023. Born in Montrose to Bill and Nina Marchbanks, Jerry was raised on a farm and graduated from Montrose High School. He went on to be an example of resilience, strength, generosity, and kindness to his family and friends. Those who knew him will forever remember his shared memories, stories of adventure and the warmth of his embrace.
From a young age, Jerry was known for his outgoing, bigger-than-life, playful personality and remarkable physical strength. The love for hunting and fishing was instilled in him early on by his cherished grandmother, Rose Hotchkiss. The bond they shared and the values she imparted meant so much to him.
A dedicated patriot, Jerry proudly served his country with the US Navy as a corpsman completing two tours in Vietnam. His bravery and service were sources of inspiration for his family.
Jerry never knew a stranger and his generosity knew no bounds. Whether spoiling his children and grandchildren, offering the actual shirt off his back to a stranger, or helping anyone in need, Jerry was always there for his fellow man, especially those down on their luck.
Jerry had a love for traveling that was only rivaled by his passion for fishing and die-hard dedication for the Denver Broncos. Game days in his home were energetic and passionate with a required quiet reverence if you were going to watch with him. If he wasn’t watching his beloved Broncos, Jerry reveled for any day he could spend trolling on a lake fishing with the Grand Mesa being a favorite spot.
Jerry truly loved his work and spent over forty years within the mining industry. His professional life was marked by his accomplishments in explorative open-pit mining. His expertise and dedication to his work made a significant impact on the industry in addition to providing for his family.
Jerry lives on through his loving children, Paula Buckmier, Brian Barr (Angela), Allison Duncan (Rob), Shannon Marchbanks, and Jacqueline Davis (Lincoln) and his sister, Sherlyn Carles. As the head of a large and vibrant family, he was also the cherished grandfather to ten grandchildren and the adoring great-grandfather to four great-grandchildren. Each of them will remember his tales of adventure, the warmth of his embrace, and a nickname for everyone.
Preceded in death by his father Jesse (Bill) Marchbanks, mother Nina (Hotchkiss) Marchbanks, and brother Dwayne Marchbanks.
Jerry’s life was a testament to the power of hard work, perseverance, and the joy that comes from loving and being loved. His memory will be cherished and celebrated by all who loved him.
A service to honor Jerry’s life will be held at Montrose Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 17th at 2:00 p.m. A special thank you to Senior Community Care of Colorado PACE and Valley Manor Care Center for the love and incredible care you showed our father.
May he rest in peace and his love of adventure, service, and generosity continue to shine brightly through his legacy, his family.
Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose is assisting the family.