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Richard Colburn Tinlin

November 1, 1947 March 6, 2017
Richard Colburn Tinlin
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Richard (Dick) Colburn Tinlin was born on November 1, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to Herbert Orton and Pauline Mills Tinlin.

At age three, the family moved to Carrollton, Ohio. Dick was active in boy scouts and became an Eagle Scout. He experienced two trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. He developed a love for nature and outdoor activities. Dick graduated from Carrollton High School as class President and quarterback of the football team. He then attended Akron University for two years on a football scholarship. He served as a U.S. Merchant Marine on the U.S. Alva C. Dinky oar ship on the great lakes in 1968. He continued his education and graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. It was at OSU that he met the love of his life and apple of his eye, Sandra (Sandy) Ann Walkup.

Dick and Sandy dated for three years and married in April 20, 1974. They had two children, Lara Elaine (1976) and Michael Colburn (1979). They lived in both Columbus and Westerville, Ohio prior to moving to Colorado in 1984. Dick’s career was with Ohio Bell, AT&T and Lucent Technologies of which AT&T relocated Dick and Sandy to Colorado for career opportunities. His work at Lucent provided Dick the opportunity to travel to over 18 countries and experience different cultures all around the world.

Dick, throughout his entire life, was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Growing up he visited Colorado as a young boy and always wanted to live there. The family relocation with AT&T gave Dick and Sandy the opportunity to explore the West and grow in their love of the outdoors (for both themselves and their children). Dick experienced years of hunting adventures (elk, mule deer, antelope, caribou, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, bear and fowls of all kinds) which he shared with his family and friends.

Dick was a 3rd degree blackbelt in Goshin-Shin-Ryu Karate and later instructed his own children and other youth in Karate. He was a lifetime National Rifle Association (NRA) member and became a certified coach for the “Refuse to Be A Victim” program for women’s safety and well-being.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ort and Pauline Tinlin.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Tinlin, of Centennial, CO, his daughter, Lara (Chris) Markwell, of Highlands Ranch, CO, his son, Mike (Charli) Tinlin, of Colorado Springs, CO, and his two grand-children, Knox Ruger and DeLaCroix Tinlin. Our extended family, Keith (Kasey) Hulen, of Broomfield, CO and their two children, MacKenzie and Kodi Hulen. Two brothers Douglas (Kaaren) Tinlin, of Minerva, OH, and David (Amelia) Tinlin, of South Bend, IN. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces worldwide.

The family wishes to thank the people of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center (RMCC), Denver Hospice, along with many friends who provided prayers and support.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Richard C. "Dick" Tinlin Tuesday, March 21, 2017,
10:00 AM - Southeast Christian Church, Solomon Centre, 16965 Pine Lane, Parker, CO 80134 (Building north of church) Luncheon will follow

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southeast Christian Church. 9650 Jordan Rd., Parker, CO 80134 in memory of Dick Tinlin.

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Service

Tuesday

21

Mar

10:00 AM 3/21/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/21/2017 11:00:00 AM
Southeast Christian Church

9650 Jordan Road
Parker, CO 80134

Celebration of Life - Southeast Christian Church, Solomon Centre, 16965 Pine Lane, Parker, CO 80134 (Building north of church) Luncheon will follow.

Southeast Christian Church
9650 Jordan Road Parker 80134 CO
United States

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Southeast Christian Church

9650 Jordan Road
Parker, CO 80134
In memory of Dick Tinlin.
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