Elwin Guy Poe was born January 24, 1938 in Holyoke, Colorado to Guy and Nola Poe. Elwin was the eldest of their three children. He passed away peacefully on June 9, 2022.
Elwin was raised in the Amitie and Pleasant Valley areas southeast of Holyoke, attending Amitie School and graduating from Holyoke High. He served the friends and family in that community his entire life. From dragging and lining the PV Ballpark field and building it to be an important gathering place, to 4H sponsorships, square dances and community card parties, Elwin was always available to ensure everyone had a good time.
He married Ruth Lockwood and together they raised three children on the family farm. He later married RoAnn Goddard, adopting her two children. Being the son of Colorado State Representative Guy Poe, he passes the legacy of the love of politics to future generations.
He was a member of several agricultural organizations including the Colorado Corn Growers Association, serving as President; The National Corn Growers Association, serving as Secretary; The Colorado Wool Growers Association, and Farmers Union. He traveled extensively across the country, supporting corn growers and agriculture. He sold Pioneer Seed for decades, winning many national sales awards. He loved flying his Cessna, treasure hunting and playing cards.
First Christian Church of Holyoke was Elwin’s church home. He was a devoted member and served there as a deacon, youth leader, Bible study teacher, bus ministry coordinator and driver, and elder.
Elwin was a leader and servant, a visionary and a hard worker. He never met a stranger. Motivated by generosity, he served his community, congregation, friends and political affiliations with passion.
At the time of his passing, Elwin was a resident of Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, Colorado. His family would like to thank the staff there for the loving care they have given him.
Elwin is survived by his son Dan and his wife, Narda of Midland, Texas; son Kirk and his wife Mary of Fruita, Colorado; daughter Lori Dawn Phillips and her husband Alan of Rio Verde, Arizona; son Jeff Poe and his wife Tanya of Sterling, Colorado; and son Wes Poe and his wife Shanelle of Emmett, Idaho; ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Elwin is also survived by his brother, Noel Poe and his wife Mary of Kanab, Utah; sister Marilee Riley of Ault, Colorado; as well as a host of extended family and friends. Elwin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife RoAnn Goddard Poe, and his brother-in-law Fred Riley.
A memorial service will be held August 6, 2022 at First Christian Church in Holyoke. Private graveside services were held Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at First Christian Church in Holyoke.