Warren F. Reams

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From Warren F. Reams’s In Memoriam, published in the Colorado Lawyer, July 2012 issue:

Warren Floyd Reams quietly passed away with his family by his side on February 2, 2012; he was 91.

Warren F. Reams was born in Fort Lyon, Colorado on August 15, 1920 to Floyd U. and Josephine (Nerger) Reams. He married Leatha Nora Dean of Gunnison on June 18, 1942 in Leadville. He joined and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1947 as the Chief Petty Officer and drum major on Catalina Island. He graduated from Western State College of Colorado (1950) and Westminster Law School (University of Denver) (JD, 1954).

He was a distinguished and valuable member of the Grand Junction legal community for fifty-six years, serving and supporting many organizations, such as St. Joseph’s Church; Community Concerts; Mesa County Bar Association (he served as president in 1964); Assistant District Attorney, 7th Judicial District; Knights of Columbus, 4th degree (Former Grand Knight); and Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction (former president and lieutenant governor). He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Leatha; brother, Dwight Reams of Holdenville, Oklahoma; sisters, Deloras Kirby of Phoenix, Arizona, and Tina Jones of Woodland, Texas; four sons, William (Pat) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Melvin (Diana) of Denver, Charles (Sally) of Grand Junction, and Paul (Amy) of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Warren F. Reams enjoyed many activities with his family and he found solace in fishing and hunting. There is not an inch of Western Colorado he had not fished or hunted. From the inception of his legal practice, Warren garnered respect from his peers for his unerring litigation tactics. His previous life as a respected farmer, miner, and fly-fisher allowed him to walk the line with any jury, and he successfully litigated his client’s position at any level of justice. Honest, unrelenting, and an accomplished orator, his approach was meticulous. One of his favorite applicable quotes from Omar Khayyam is: “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

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  • Westminster Law School, J.D., 1954

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Colorado, 1955


  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Mesa County Bar Association, Member (Formerly President, 1964)
  • Assistant District Attorney, 7th Judicial District, 1960
  • Knights of Columbus (Former Grand Knight)
  • Kiwanis (Former President)

Representative Cases:

  • David v. Powder Mountain Ranch, 656 P.2d 716 (Colo.App. 1982)
  • Prinster v. Dist. Court of 7th Judicial Dist., 325 P.2d 938 (Colo. 1958)
  • Collins v. Indus. Com’n, 676 P.2d 1270 (Colo.App. 1984)
  • Reams v. City of Grand Junction, 676 P.2d 1189 (Colo. 1984) (self)
  • Jenkins v. Mesa Cnty. Dist., 620 P.2d 721 (Colo. 1980)
  • First Nat. Bank in Grand Junction v. Fitzpatrick, 624 P.2d 927 (Colo.App. 1981)
  • Jones v. Caterpillar Tractor Co., 701 P.2d 84 (Colo.App. 1984)
  • In re of D. L. E., 614 P.2d 873 (Colo. 1980)
  • Sampson v. Dist. Court. of 7th Judicial Dist., 590 P.2d 958 (Colo. 1979)
  • Whitten v. Coit, 385 P.2d 131 (Colo. 1963)
  • Enerwest, Inc. v. Dyco Petroleum Corp., 716 P.2d 1130 (Colo.App. 1986)
  • Collins v. Indus. Com’n., 676 P.2d 1270 (Colo.App. 1984)
  • Bernklau v. Stevens, 371 P.2d 765 (Colo. 1962)