Fabyan Watrous

She was born at Ophir, Colo., in 1921 to Frances and Thomas Lapin. Her father was hospitalized with a war injury from which he never recovered, and shortly thereafter, Fabyan accompanied her mom to Wyoming, where Frances homesteaded and received a deed in 1926.

Fabyan graduated from East High School in Denver in 1939 and then attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. She married Raymond Allen in 1942. They had three children, Jon Allen, Debbie Rutzebeck and Robin Allen. She is survived by her children and her two grandchildren, Matthew Allen and Jay Sennett.

She accompanied Ray to various Army Air Force postings during the war, returning to Colorado in 1946. She taught first grade at Idaho Springs Elementary School for one year before moving to Climax, Colo., where they lived until 1961, and then they moved to Leadville, where they lived until returning permanently to Idaho Springs in 1973. Ray passed away in 1980. Fabyan then married Doug Watrous and moved to the house at 1122 Colorado Blvd., where she lived for the rest of her life.

Fabyan had an impressive list of achievements, talents and community involvements. She was a member of the Lake County Board of Education for 10 years and a county commissioner in Clear Creek County for eight years. She was president of Jack Pine Mining Co., managing a large group of mines, mining claims and rental properties mainly in Clear Creek County. 

She worked for many years in the accounting and credit union departments of the Climax/Henderson Mine. She was chairwoman of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs; a member of the county, state and national mining associations; a volunteer and board member at the Project Support Senior Center; chair of the Chicago Creek Sanitation Wastewater District; member of the County Planning Board; and for many years represented Clear Creek County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Fabyan was a third-generation Coloradoan. She loved Colorado and was an avid skier, hiker, explorer of ghost towns, geology and collector of Native American artifacts. At home she especially loved baking, jam making, gardening and being surrounded by family. Good friends were important, and she had many special memories of sitting on her front porch visiting and sharing with others.

She Worked Very Hard to Succeed - Despite diminished opportunities available to her because of her gender my grandmother pushed ahead anyway. Her intelligence and innate sense that she was as capable as any man drove her success.

Images

Skiing in Climax

In Idaho Springs

With Aunt Nelma


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