Tate Donovan

tate donovan
Tate Wayne Donovan, 46, of Nunn Colorado, formerly of Kindred, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his home. Tate was born November 27, 1968 to Shirley Donovan and the late Dennis Donovan. He grew up in Kindred and participated in Football and Wrestling. He graduated from Kindred High School in 1987. Tate worked for Kindred Plumbing and Heating before moving to Minneapolis where he became a hairdresser. While in Minneapolis, Tate met and married Oakley Gardner. Tate and Oakley moved to Colorado where he found a love for hiking, rock and ice climbing, kayaking, and became an avid hunter. Tate has worked as a Lineman and Foreman for the last 19 years for Selcon Utilities.  Tate was remarried in June 2011 to CJ (Kloberdanz) Donovan on his ranch in Nunn, CO.  There Tate enjoyed horseback riding, raised two dogs Gus and Tin Tin that he loved dearly, and found his passion as a true Cowboy.  He started annual Elk hunting trips to Gunnison, CO and La Veta, CO with a group of his buddies in 2006, he was believer in good friends and great family.  Tate was involved in the Nunn community as a wrestling coach, volunteer firefighter and an EMT. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Donovan; siblings: Kim (Debbie) Olson, Pam (Kevin) Heiden, Tads Bork, Kathy Olson, Kim Donovan, Tamie Brossart; 2 stepsons: Ryan Grotts and Kellen Smith; 11 nieces and nephews; 6 great-nieces and nephews. Tate was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Donovan; grandparents: Emerson and Mary Donovan, and August and Gladys Kelting. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, October 2, 2015 with a visitation One hour prior to services at Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel in Kindred.  

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  1. I am so sad to learn of Tate’s passing. His enthusiasm as a student and as a drama participant was contagious to all who knew him, including me! My condolences to all of his family.

  2. So sorry to hear this sad news…I went to school in Kindred with Tate and he was always a great person to be around. I will always remember talking him into being a part of our Kindred High School Cheer Team and he did a great job for us, and with his natural athletic ability he was great at all the stunts (and he didn’t drop me!) I saw him out in Colorado a fews times since I live here, too, but had not seen him in about 10 years. I am sorry for the hole left in all of our hearts now that he has passed. Peace be with you, Tate! Ski some powder for us in Heaven!

  3. My sister, Jody Anderson (graduated with Tate), my brother Troy Heitland and myself, were heart broken to hear of Tate’s passing. It’s sad when people lose contact after graduation. Tate led a very full and adventurous life in the short time he was on earth. We will always remember his infectious smile and great attitude. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. May he rest in peace.

  4. Shocked and saddened as I am sure everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Tate. My condolences to all of his family and friends. Tate had a special place in my life. It did not matter how long it had been since you had either talked to him or seen him he was always just Tate and that was a real gift. This world could use so much more of that and it is a real shame we will be deprived of one more of the great ones too soon. I miss him and think of him often.

  5. Shirley and family, words can’t express our deepest condolences. I remember Tate from our visits to your farm and following Kindred through the years. He’ll live on in our memories and in our hearts.

  6. Prayers carrying you all through this most difficult time!
    I am so very sorry you are going through this pain. LOVE to you all!

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