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Obituaries: Martinez, Claney, Park Jr., Pfaff

Alonso Frias Martinez

CASPER, Wyo. –

Alonso Frias Martinez: January 7, 1971 ~ March 11, 2021 (age 50)

Alonso Frias was born on January 7, 1971 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico. He married the love of his life, Samantha Frias, on March 17, 2007. At the age of 50, Alonso lost his battle to COVID-19 on March 11, 2021 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.

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Alonso spent his life working hard to provide for his family that he loved unconditionally. He owned his own business, Frias Concrete and Stone Construction, for five years. He lived a life full of adventure, happiness, and love.

He is survived by his mother, Eva Martinez Luna, his sisters, Korina, Bernadina, Bertha, Alicia, Aida, Gabriela, and his brother, Manuel. He is also survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Samantha Frias, and his five children, Santana (21), Victoria (19), Nemecio (10), Allyah (8), and Alonso Jr. (8).

He is preceded in death by his father, Socorro Frias Reza, his sister, Irma, and his brother, Nemecio.

Honorary pallbearers include Tecumseh Perank, Sergio Nunez, Chema Fernandez, Josh Ojeda, Octavio Macias, Dave McMahan, Tony Masiero, and Troy Hermosillo.

Robert E. Claney

Robert E. Claney: September 9, 1936 ~ March 10, 2021 (age 84)

Robert Eugene Claney (Bob), 84 of Mills, Wyoming passed away March 10, 2021 at home with family around him.

Bob was born in Marion, Kansas to Joe and Leah Claney on September 9, 1936. He attended East High School in Wichita, Kansas and graduated in 1955. After graduating, he joined the Army and became a medic and was stationed in Japan.

After his military service, he went to Kansas and met Donna Willis. They were married in May of 1964.

After moving to many places in the western United States, they settled in Mills, Wyoming at called it home. This is where they started Shamrock Drilling. Later he worked for W.E. Sauer Drilling and finally retiring from Unit Drilling. Bob was active with the VFW and supported many Veteran’s organizations.

He is survived by his daughter Janette (Pete) Soper of Casper, son Robert (Buddy) Claney of Casper, brother Joe Claney of Wichita, Kansas, and adopted son Bob Brian of New Mexico, five grandchildren-Nathan, Tyler, Katie, Kohlman, Kooper and 2 great-granddaughters, nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his wife Donna, both parents Joe and Leah Claney, and sister Joetta Stark.

Funeral services will be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home on March 17, 2021 at 2pm with Pastor Harold Bradshaw officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Elk’s Lodge at 108 East 7th, Casper, Wy. There will be no graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to the Casper Elk’s Lodge, in care of the VA Account, 108 East 7th Street, Casper, Wy 82601.

A memorial service with military honors will be Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2:00pm at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home.

Jack Larry Park, Jr.

Jack Larry Park, Jr.: September 24, 1949 ~ March 10, 2021 (age 71)

Jack Larry Park Jr of Glenrock, WY passed away suddenly on March 10, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming.

Jack was born in Lusk, WY on September 24, 1949 to Jack and Frances Park.  He attended Tioga High School where he excelled in football and basketball. After receiving an associate degree at Bottineau ND, Jack pursued his dream of Cowboying, working for the Matador Cattle Company.  After marrying he held various jobs and retired as a mechanic supervisor.  Jack was an avid hunter, enjoyed target shooting, camping, fishing, and the great outdoors.  He will be missed by all.

Jack is survived by his wife Jean Ann, children Jason, Justin and Jolene, 4 grandchildren Brayden Park, Jace, Jadelyn and Jenna Johnson, brother Ronald and 2 sisters Christina and Cathy.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Gary.

Visitation for Monday, March 15, 2021 has been cancelled. Service information will be help Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:00am at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home in Casper. 

A live stream video of the service can be found at

In honor of Jack’s battle with leukemia, memorial donations may be made to The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation at .

To virtually attend Mr. Park’s service please click on the following link:

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 Cy Avenue, Casper, WY 82601. 

Ardith E. Pfaff: June 5, 1940 ~ March 10, 2021 (age 80)

Ardith Ehrlich Pfaff was born in Torrington, WY June 5, 1940, to Alex and Irene Ehrlich. She grew up on a farm/ranch in the Huntley community where she raised crops and bred, raised and sold cattle, pigs and chickens. She attended and graduated from Huntley Schools in 1958 except for 2 years. During 2nd & 3rd grades she was part of a one room classroom at Katzer Elementary School (grades 1 through 8) taught by Mary Wells, who married Doyle Cox. During Ardith’s high school years Mary & Doyle were neighbors to her family in the Table Mountain community, where Doyle dubbed Ardith “the Indian princess” because she rode her palomino mare bareback or with a blanket during hot weather. After high school Ardith obtained an Administrative Business degree in Denver, CO.

Ardith married Donald Pfaff in 1959 and resided in the Lingle, WY community, then moved to Torrington, Scottsbluff, NE Torrington, and Phoenix, AZ, back to Torrington, Glenrock, and finally Casper.

Ardith is predeceased by her sister Janet, husband Donald, and both parents. She is survived by 2 children, Donna Barnard and David Pfaff, six grandchildren, Amber, Chelsy, Brittany, Christy, Matthew, and Aaron. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren and one on the way.

In addition to retiring from Amoco/BP Pipeline, Ardith has been active in many community services. She taught Sunday school, beginning at age twelve, to volunteer work in the public school system, Christian Women’s Club, Bible studies, Carenet, GriefShare, Stephen Ministry, and personal one-on-one mentoring since being trained in Torrington in 1978-79.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.