Davie Dave Robertson
Davie Dean (Dave) Robertson, 83, passed away February 11, 2014, at the Rangely District Hospital after a year of severe illness.
Dave was born September 27, 1931 to Herschel and (Pauline Sterling) Robertson.
Dave graduated from Hugo High School in 1950 and in March of 1951 he enlisted in the United States Army. After training he was assigned to Army Ordinance at Fort Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska.
After Dave was discharged he attended Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colo., receiving an Associate Degree and graduated from Colorado University in 1958 with a bachelor of Science Degree with a major in accounting.
On December 6, 1958 Dave married Cheryl Kirby whom he met in collage.
He worked for a Certified Public Accounting Firm in Greelev, Colo., for five years. In 1963 the family moved to Rangely, Colo., went into the livestock business with Cheryl’s parents and twin Buttes Ranch Company was formed.
Family and the ranch were his life. Over the years additional acreages and grazing permits were added to the business and he never quit seeking knowledge. He studied the soils, learning all the grasses, plants and shrubs particular to an area and kept a chart of the precipitation in order to better the range. One of his missions in life was to leave the land better condition than he found it.
The last few years he went through many of “The Great Courses” lectures and books on topics covering the U.S. Constitution early history and finance. Reading was his hobby.
Dave was a member of the First Rio Blanco County Planning Commission serving for eight years, most of that time as chairman. He was on the board of directors of the Douglas Creek Soil Conservation and was instrumental in helping establish the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center at Meeker, Colo. He severed on the board of directors of the Rifle Production Credit Association until its reorganization in 1985. He belonged to the Rio Blanco County Cattlemen’s, the Colorado Cattlemen’s, the national Cattlemen’s, R-Calf and the Society to range management.
Dave and his family were honored in 1987 as Colorado Herford Breeder of the years by the Colorado Herford Association.
Dave is survived by his wife Cheryl, two sons. Scott (Mikki) Robertson of Rangely, Colo.; Owen (Michelle) Robertson of Rangely, Colo.; daughter, Karen (Troy) Latham of Mack, Colo.; six grandchildren, Mandi Hirsch, Tyler Robertson, Rayna Robertson, Afton Robertson, Aren Robertson and Kersi Latham; brother Steve (Judy) Robertson of Greelev, Colo.; three sisters, Betty Kaufman of Littleton, Colo., Della (Don) Knutson of Genoa, Colo.; Janie VanDerSchouw of Leadville, Colo., and sister-in-law, Carol Robertson of Agate, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Frank Robertson.
Services were held February 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Rangely, Colo., with burial in the Rangely Cemetery.
Contributions in Dave’s name may be made to a Memorial Fund at the First National Bank of the Rockies for T-Cell Lymphoma Cancer research. ❖