Dink Ellis Williford

Dink Ellis Williford, 81, died at home on his farm with his dogs on February 15.

Williford was born in Talihina, Oklahoma, ​to the late Juanita (née Burchett) and Ruben Williford. He was raised near Lebanon, Oklahoma, and graduated from Madill High School in 1957.

He moved to Colorado when he was 20 and spent the next 40 years of his life in Leadville, where he worked at the Climax Molybdenum Mine and later operated his own electrical contracting business, Timberline Electric.

Williford and his former wife, June, raised three children (Todd, Steve and Jill) in Leadville. At age 60 he moved back to Lebanon where he spent the final 21 years of his life. Dink was proud to be a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, and he was satisfied to spend his final days on the land where he was raised, the first parcel of which was his grandmother’s allotment. He loved the Colorado mountains, his land in Colorado and Oklahoma, hunting for rocks and arrowheads, mining for gold, and talking with people. He especially loved wildflowers, trees and his dogs.

Williford is survived by his brother Larry (Caroline) Williford; nephew Jason (Shea) Williford; and three children Todd Williford, Steve Williford and Jill Jefferson.