Eugene "Pete" Allen Outlaw lived April 10, 1926 — June 20, 2018, age 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening in Tucson, Arizona.
The son of Thomas Orbin Outlaw and Dawn Lois Wilson, Eugene was born in Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado, the second of four siblings. His parents operated and lived in the Wagon Wheel Gap Train Station, where Eugene was born in the upstairs living space.
Eugene grew up in northern Arkansas in an impoverished family during the Great Depression. At the age of 14 he left home and attended school at "Boys Town Nebraska" under the guidance of Father Edward Flanagan. After Boys Town he served in the United States Army Air Corps in Roswell New Mexico and during this time traveled often to Denver Colorado where he met his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce Eleanor Myers. Eugene and Joyce were married on July 4, 1952 in Raton, New Mexico and would later start their family in Denver, Colorado.
Soon thereafter, the Outlaws moved to southern California, where Eugene was an active parent and volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America and various youth organizations.
Eugene began his career in surveying with Mac-Co Construction Company and then worked for the Bechtel Corporation, for which he worked for 36 years before full retirement. During his time as a surveyor with Bechtel, Eugene was transferred to Page, Ariz., in 1970. He was one of the first persons on-site to start construction of the Navajo Generating Station, and moved the Outlaw family to Page in 1971. Eugene took pride in being one of the founding fathers, and the second Exalted Ruler of Page Elks Lodge #2498, where he continued to be an active member over the years.
Following his retirement in 1984, Eugene and Joyce found joy in traveling across the country and into Canada in their fifth-wheel and spent many wonderful summers in Priest Gulch, Colorado, with family and friends. Eugene was enjoyed by all, they loved listening to his numerous life experiences and the ability to tell a story (a long story at times).
Eugene was preceded in death by his loving wife Joyce, his parents Orbin and Donna, and his two sisters, Donna Dean and Jo Ann. Eugene leaves behind a loving family who will miss him dearly. Son - Darrell (Valarie) Outlaw, Grandsons - Derek & Douglas. Son - Michael (Sandi) Outlaw, Granddaughter — Kimberly (Colin) Ryan, and great-grandchildren — Thomas & Natalie Ryan; Grandson — Scott (Jennifer) Outlaw, and great grandchildren — Kassidy and Caitlin Outlaw; Daughter — Ashley Outlaw. 1 Brother — Allan Wilson (Eleanor) Cates. 5 Nieces — Denise, Lisa, Janis, Brenda and Alys. Two Nephews — Russell aqnd Tim. Eugene also leaves behind numerous caring friends and a long legacy. Funeral arrangements are pending