Kirby John Atkins of Haxtun, Colorado was born in Haxtun on January 8th, 1956 and peacefully passed away at his home December 20th, 2022. He was 66 years old.
He lived in Haxtun his entire life except for 4 years of college at CSU in Fort Collins where he got a degree in Agriculture. He was a farmer who grew corn, wheat and a few sunflowers. He also raised a small herd of cattle. He was a member of the Soil Conservation Board, the Young Farmers club and in college, he belonged to the Farmhouse Fraternity. He won numerous corn yield contests and was even Corn King at the Haxtun Corn Festival.
Kirby was perpetually curious about scientific questions. He loved to explain the science behind herbicides, how sound systems worked, and how machines were put together. He loved to talk about investing money, photography, medical science, antiques and all things Tesla. He also loved to travel, whether it was jeeping in Ouray or traveling through Canada. He was extremely proud of his two daughters and bragged extensively. Most importantly, he became a Christian at a young age. He knew that despite all of our ups and downs, Jesus offers forgiveness and peace, promising to see us through all of earthly life and on into eternity.
His parents were Wilbur Harvey Atkins and Phyllis Ruth (Anderson) Atkins. He is survived by his wife, Lisa (Chamberlin) Atkins, and his two daughters, Elise (and Casey) Van Natta, and Emily Atkins as well as his brother Leon Atkins and wife Beverly, their sons Garrett (and wife Tara), and Lance (and wife Nicole) Atkins. He has two great nephews, numerous cousins and second cousins as well. He is preceded in death by his parents and one beloved niece, Sarah Atkins.
His memorial service will be held Friday December 23rd, 2022 at the New Hope Church of Haxtun, Colorado.