Dible retired as oil company owner in 2006

David Dible. Photo Special to the Sentinel.

David Dible, longtime owner of a Grand Junction fuel and oil distribution company, died Friday at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was 60 years old.

Services are pending.

Dible was the former owner of Jim Dible Oil Co., 611 S. Seventh St. Now in its 45th year, the company has distributed oil and fuel across western Colorado for three generations, said Dible’s son, Brad, who now owns the company.

“We sell fuel and oil to farmers, construction companies, anyone who needs it, for all of western Colorado,” Brad Dible said.

Born in Wichita, Kan., on Jan. 5, 1953, David Dible was the second owner of the company. He purchased his interest from his father, Jim, in 1983, Brad Dible said.

“He pretty much picked up the torch and ran with it,” Brad Dible said.

He retired in 2006.

While president of the company, he supported 4-H youth programs in Mesa County for more than 20 years by purchasing livestock at auction, spending as much as $20,000 a year to do so, Dible said.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who enjoyed spending time with his children, Dible said.

He was a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and served on the board of directors of the Orchard Mesa Little League. He also served as an umpire at Orchard Mesa Little League games, Brad Dible said.

David Dible was a member of the Grand Junction lodge of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for several years.

He was named to the board of directors of the Colorado-Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association in 1996.

A 1971 graduate of Central High School, he still holds the Warriors triple jump record of 44-feet, 11-inches, Brad Dible said.

He married his “high-school sweetheart,” Valerie, following graduation. The couple divorced in 1986.

He resided the last several years in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, near the Sea of Cortez, where he enjoyed deep-sea fishing, he said.

He is survived by three sons, Brad and Matt, both of Grand Junction, and Ben of Bridgeport, Calif.; one daughter, Krystal Spencer of Calgary, Canada; his parents, James and Dorothy of Grand Junction; two sisters, Ann Maynard of Grand Junction and Kay Barnes of Colorado Springs; and six grandchildren.


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