Jon Mays, Fort Lupton’s wastewater and water plant operator, died Aug. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was 65.
Mays, who lived in Brighton, had been the project manager for CH2M Hill …
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Mays, who lived in Brighton, had been the project manager for CH2M Hill the past five years, most of which was in Fort Lupton. Before that, he was the water and wastewater operations manager for the town of Erie for 16 years.
“We lost a member of our family,” Fort Lupton City Administrator Chris Cross told the Fort Lupton City Council Aug. 16. “Our prayers are with his family.”
Mays was born in Atwood, Kan., to Richard Dean and Marita Mays. His obituary said Mays was “a jokester and very loving.” The funeral notice said even his practical jokes – including instances where he made wild cat sounds – would be missed.
Mays told people he “went to the school of Hard Knocks” before settling on a career in water and wastewater management. Mays was one of a select number of people in the business to hold the level of expertise A Class in both fields. Other cities consulted with Mays because of his knowledge in the field.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; his mother-in-law, Elaine Williams; June Lovett (spouse Charlie Lovett is deceased]; Roland and Linda Mays; Rod and Karen Mays; Doris Mays and Eugene Langdon; Rose Atchley (spouse Dwayne Atchley is deceased]; Patrick and Valerie Mays; and his seven children, Ryan Mays, Justin Williams [Amanda Schneider], Richard (Rick) Mays, Rita Mays [Kyle Toogood], Andrea Williams, Nikki Williams and Serenity Gary.
“Jon absolutely loved helping his children at every turn and would get up to assist them, no matter the time of the weather,” the funeral notice said.
His parents; Dick Mays, Darrel Mays and Anita Mays were among those who preceded him in death. The funeral was Aug. 16 at Horan and McConaty Funeral in Aurora.
“He’s up there looking down on us,” Cross told the Fort Lupton council.
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