David G. Hall of Fort Collins has passed away, peacefully in his sleep, at age 68.
David was born in McKinney, Texas, on April 22, 1946, to Roy and Helen Hall. David recently spoke in their honor at the town’s dedication of the new Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Public Library.
Following service as a decorated second lieutenant in Vietnam, David received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin; his dissertation was on one of his favorite poets, Sylvia Plath. In 1978 he married Jean Wyrick and they moved to Colorado, whose mountains and bike trails he loved all his life. He taught briefly at Colorado State University before working in the college textbook business for more than 25 years, retiring in 2008.
David was first and foremost a writer, of poetry and award-winning fiction early on, but later primarily of plays, which were staged in many theaters around the country and won numerous national playwriting contests. One of his plays, “Rasputin,” was performed locally by OpenStage Theatre in 2005.
He is survived by his wife Jean and their children Austin Hall, Katherine (Kate) Hall; Sarah Bigelow Hall; son-in-law Nathan Bigelow; two children from a previous marriage, Anne Hall and stepson Thomas Hall; a sister, Sydney Ann Weaver; and other relatives in Texas and New Mexico.
According to David’s wishes, no services will be conducted. Always witty, David wanted his obituary to simply say that he had passed on, with no forwarding address given. However, anyone wishing to make a memorial gift might consider one of David’s favorite local charities, Crossroads Safe House, P.O. Box 993, Fort Collins, CO 80522. David was always pleased that his birthday coincided with Earth Day and would urge everyone this upcoming April 22 to make the world more beautiful by planting something green.