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Obituary: Jonathan Hartley Bley ’70

Jonathan Hartley Bley passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 24, 2010, in the company of family and dear friends. He was 63.

Jonathan was born June 24, 1947 to Elaine (Winter) and Marvin Bley in Chicago. He attended Antioch College and Utah State University, later working for the BLM in Grand Junction. There he met Amora Leah Sharp and they were married in 1978. Jon earned his law degree at CU, and devoted 18 years to the Colorado Public Defenders in Mesa, Adams, and Jefferson counties.

In 2006, he became a Magistrate at the 17th Judicial District, Adams, concentrating on family and adoption matters, a topic dear to his heart. He was named Judge of the Year by CASA, and retired in 2010.

Jon delighted in a broad range of literature, music, and fine art. A life permeated by his love of the West, Jon's was spent on the rugged coast of northern California, and at the river's edge in meditative pursuit of fly fishing.

Jonathan was as full of life as the waters he loved. A humanist at heart, with a thoughtful and concerned eye on all those around him, he touched the lives of many. He will be dearly missed by his family and the many friends fortunate to have shared his kindness, wisdom, and decency.

He is survived by his wife Amora, children William, Dana, and Amy Sharp, granddaughter Alexandra; his brothers Michael (Nancy), Kenneth (Gail), and David (Jennifer) and nephews Chris, Adam, Kevin, Jacob, Max, and Sam. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Jonathan Bley to Hospice- Care at 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026