“They have given and donated to the town on a regular basis. The role that most personified Weaver, though, was that of Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud — a Taos, New Mexico lawman on loan to the New York City Police Department as a special investigator — in the television series “McCloud” (1970-77), Billings said. Dennis Weaver is pictured with his three sons, Rick, Robby and Rusty; date unknown. Rick was a council member for several years and Rusty helps maintain  Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Dennis Weaver (1924-2006), a retired actor, environmentalist, humanitarian, has built a house whose walls are made of nothing but rubber tires and cans. As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives. Shortly thereafter, the RiverSage development and the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park were created. A view of distant mountains can be seen beyond the upper entrance to Gerry and Dennis Weaver's Ridgway Earthship. As a ranch owner in town, Billings is quick to reminisce about those early years when people would ride horses along main street and hitch them outside their favorite watering hole. var year = today.getFullYear() Dennis called the home “Earthship” and the property “Sunridge.” Asked what an Earthship is, he explains in his book: “Primarily it’s a solar/mass house.” Weaver notes people understand the solar concept and how to use it as an energy source, but it’s the mass concept of the house he feels is more interesting. “Dennis was great. An interior panoramic view of the great room, second floor entrance and part of the dining room of the Weaver’s Sunridge Earthship. He used to say that,” Billings recalled drily. Clark said the Weavers were always out and about around town and that he even worked on their computer (Clark’s business is called The Mac Doctor). Billings, who admired Weaver’s athleticism, shared an anecdote that might have helped to explain his less-than-spectacular finish. Dennis Weaver, of television fame (Gunsmoke, McCloud, etc.) He made the move permanent in 1990, and two years later, Weaver was living in the most luxurious Earthship house that New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds could construct, an ode to Weaver’s values of environmental sustainability. racist or sexually-oriented language. It features 3' thick walls, works on a solar system and features numerous bedrooms and baths, a great room, pool room, office and many accilary rooms, plus garages and decks. Weaver won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1959 for his portrayal of Chester, and remained in the role until 1964. Be Nice. Riding a horse along New York City’s Fifth Avenue may have seemed odd for some, but Billings said it was the role that most suited Weaver. With the passing of first Dennis on Feb. 24, 2006, and Gerry this spring, their story lives on. In the summer of 2005, Dennis and Gerry Weaver sold their 2,500 square-foot beachfront home in Malibu. “I would say that was his favorite role,” she said, though not one without its risks when you consider Weaver’s costar was an innately skittish equine — and that the series took place on slick pavement in noisy, distraction-filled Manhattan. Coates explained that an annual Plein Air event, presented by Public Art Ridgway Colorado (PARC) and the Weaver Family Foundation, invites artists to take in the inspirational views, including the bald eagle sculpture, at the park, to create artistic works. She became his full-time personal assistant in 1974. The Weavers were actively involved in the community, Billings added, even building the so-called Big Barn, located just east of U.S. Highway 550, where community dances were held. In addition to performing as a thespian, Weaver performed acts of charity. He was attempting to shine a light on renewable resources,” said Rusty Weaver, himself a performer and environmentalist. Weaver held several school track records as a Sooner, and after a stint as a pilot for the United States Navy during World War II, he decided to try out for the 1948 U.S. Olympic Decathlon Team. His nonprofit organization, Love Is Feeding Everyone, helped feed nearly 160,000 families in need every week around Los Angeles during the 1980s. At the Kyoto Conference in Japan, Weaver quotes those scientists as saying: ‘That a great change in the stewardship of the Earth and life on it is required, if vast human suffering is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.”. He wrote of his and Gerry’s dream home and property, Sunridge, and his Earthship in Ridgway, Colorado. Gerry and Dennis Weaver's Earthship plus the Sunridge property's 20 acres is currently on the market. Dennis Weaver was born June 4, 1924 in Joplin, Missouri to parents Walter Weaver and Lenna Prather. Dennis Weaver, athlete, Navy pilot, actor, humanitarian and passionate environmentalist, leaves behind a long legacy of helping people and helping the planet. Sorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles. You know they were married for 63 years.”. Weaver's two most famous roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty partner Chester Goode/Proudfoot on the CBS western Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud. (Courtesy photo). “One of his greatest loves, after acting, was taking care of our planet and feeding people. Dennis Weaver is pictured with his three sons, Rick, Robby and Rusty; date unknown. Weaver came in sixth in the Olympic trials — but only the top three finishers made the team. Gerry and Dennis Weaver's Earthship plus the Sunridge property's 20 acres is currently on the market. The event features a contest in which the town displays the winning painting in town hall. “That’s just amazing. Actor Dennis Weaver first purchased property in the town of Ridgway in 1988, wanting to escape the hustle-bustle of L.A. and find a place to grow his own food. He was really ahead of his time.”. The barn was eventually sold; it is now the Ridgway Christian Center. It was the last place either of them called home. Weaver describes their Earthship home in Colorado as becoming a “celebrity in its own right.”  It has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles around the country. We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. He was employed as a flower deliveryman in 1955 when he got the news he landed the role of Chester Goode in the new American television series “Gunsmoke.”. In his book “All the World’s a Stage,” Dennis Weaver writes of the “passion,” he had for 15 to 20 years and he says, “that passion still burns strong within me – to be part of the great wave of people that have become aware of the way we have trampled and abused this beautiful Earth and are determined to correct it. Many can remember how they endured ridicule  as they set about to build a “sustainable” home on this planet. In addition to dancing, Weaver enjoyed writing and recording music — he wrote and recorded nearly 100 songs and played guitar, Billings said — performing Shakespeare, and meditating. Another Weaver-led initiative, based in Ridgway, was plans for an environmentally friendly housing development along the Uncompahgre River corridor, in the modern-day RiverSage subdivision area. It was great for the community. Dennis Weaver (1924-2006), a retired actor, environmentalist, humanitarian, has built a house whose walls are made of nothing but rubber tires and cans. She remembers a photo of herself and Dennis riding next to each other, taken along Sherman Street during a Labor Day parade. And out of tires and cans! Weaver notes that human beings are “doing the unthinkable … destroying that which allows us to live … How stupid can we get?”. Actor Dennis Weaver first purchased property in the town of Ridgway in 1988, wanting to escape the hustle-bustle of L.A. and find a place to grow his own food. Weaver said walking into the house feels like walking into nature, plants love it. He wanted people to know you can recycle and still live in harmony with the planet. Rusty Weaver noted the house was built out of blemished and recycled tires and cans. A view from the dining room, past the kitchen down a corridoor filled with plants and flowers. As a track star at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied drama, breaking into show business was Weaver’s main focus. We'd love to hear eyewitness They’ve been very generous.