Unique bench honors legacy of downtown businessman

A unique bench constructed from old parking meters honors the memory of a long-time downtown Grand Junction businessman who was among the key advocates for removing meters along Main Street to make the commercial district more inviting to customers.

The bench installed in front of Page-Parsons Jewelers located at 444 Main St. pays tribute to Mancel Page, a World War II veteran who bought the business in 1964 and worked there until four days before his death at age 91.

Page was a certified watchmaker, clockmaker and gemologist who was involved in the American Watchmaker-Clockmakers Institute and served on the National Board of Directors of the American Gem Society. He also belonged to the local gem and mineral club.

In addition, Page was involved in the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority.

Page and Guy Stephens were instrumental in the effort to remove parking meters from Main Street

A member of the Grand Junction Lions Club for 50 years, Page served on the club board of directors and as chairman of its community betterment committee. He was named Lion of the Year in 1986.

Page also coached many sports, including basketball, and in doing so exerted a positive influence on young men and women in the community. He was involved with the Grand Junction Eagles Baseball Club and served as president of the Grand Junction Quarterback Club.