A freak accident claimed the lives of Ray Wright and Doug Shriver, two longtime San Luis Valley, Colo., water conservation experts.

A joint funeral was March 25.

Snow buries Colorado water conservationists

Wright

Wright, 56, and Shriver, 53, suffocated March 19 when a sheet of snow fell from the roof of Wright’s cabin in Creede, Colo., according to reports from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department.

Wright was owner and general manager of H.G. Wright Inc., Monte Vista, Colo. He also was president of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and a member of the Colorado Groundwater Commission.

Shriver also was active in water conservation efforts. He was a representative for the Colorado Water Congress, served as director of the Lariat Ditch Co. and was at the time of his death president of the Rio Grande Water Users Association.

He also was a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Groundwater Commission and vice president of the Centennial Ditch Co.

Wright is survived by daughters Susan, Sara and Lauren, granddaughter Brynn Wright-Smith, sister Diana Anderson and brother Greg Wright.

Snow buries Colorado water conservationists

Shriver

The family requests donations in Wright’s memory be made to Heifer International or to the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust. Donations may be made to Rogers Family Mortuary, 404 Morris St., Monte Vista, Colo., 81144-1212.

Shriver is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karla, who requests contributions in Shriver’s memory be made to the San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone or to the Ski-Hi Stampede Committee for the Ski-Hi Park renovation. Contributions may be made through Rogers Family Mortuary.