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Colorado onion grower Jerry Hines mourned

Jerry Nelson Hines, a Colorado onion grower and owner of Hines Farm, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Hope West Hospice in Grand Junction, CO. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Hines was, among many things, a farmer and business owner. He served on several boards, including the Farm Service Agency, National Onion Association, Colorado Co-op Exchange and the Delta Co-op.

Mr. Hines was born May 16, 1940, in Bertram County, TX. His parents were George Penn and Verda Virginia (Johnson) Hines.

He grew up in Delta, CO, where he graduated from high school in 1958. He continued his education at Mesa Junior College, graduating in 1961. He then attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. Mr. Hines received full-ride wrestling scholarships to both colleges and distinguished himself as an outstanding athlete. He was a two-time NJCAA wrestling champion and was inducted into Colorado Mesa University’s Hall of Honor.

Mr. Hines married the love of his life, Sharon G. Atchley, on Sept. 2, 1962. Over a period of 60 years, the two cultivated their love and the family it grew.

He served as a board member of Delta Rivers Church, was a pilot and enjoyed snowmobiling, spending time in the mountains and collecting antique tractors. He was a family man and a devoted Christian.

Mr. Hines is survived by his beloved mother; his loving wife; his three sons, Brent (Regina) Hines of Delta, Cordell (Erin) Hines of Henryetta, OK, and Lance (Mindy) Hines of Southern Africa; his sister LaDell (Ted) Britain of Delta; his brother Randy (Cheryl) Hines of Delta; and his 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Hines is preceded in death by his father and his two younger brothers, Larry and Kenny Hines.

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