Bartlett to be honored posthumous for work in water, corn
Charlie Bartlett’s role in agriculture isn’t a small list.
The Merino, Colo., farmer took over the family farm when he was 20 years-old after his dad’s passing, and since then he took on multiple positions on a number of different boards throughout his career.
“He was one heck of an educator,” said Don Thorn, executive director for the Colorado FFA Foundation.
Work wise, Bartlett might be best known for his time dedicated to water, including his role as the director of South Platte Ditch Company, and the co-author of the Colorado Water Plan in 2009.
Bartlett will be added to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February posthumous, after his untimely passing in February of this year. The person Bartlett was can be “hard to summarize,” according to his son, Andy.
His kind-hearted personality and willingness to work with and listen to anyone, despite a different in opinion was who he was.
It’s also what made his collaboration easy when serving on a number of boards.
Among his work, Bartlett was the director of the Logan County Farm Bureau, was the coordinator for Logan County Ag in the Classroom, worked on the Buffalo School District Board of Education and was the co-founder and director of First FarmBank and FarmBank Holding Co.
Bartlett’s multiple hats is something Andy always knew. Before Andy was born, Bartlett found a number of outlets to work in, and fatherhood didn’t slow him down — if anything it kept him going.
Bartlett also spent a lot of time working with and for the Colorado Ag Water Alliance, including the role of chair from 2010-16.
Bartlett joined the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee in 2004, and was president of the committee from 2012-16.
“For all that he did, Charlie is incredibly deserving of this honor, and we sure do miss him greatly. We’re pleased for the Bartlett family, in that he’s being honored in this way,” said Mark Sponsler, CEO of Colorado Corn. “Charlie was a patient and thoughtful difference maker. His tireless work ethic and ability to always bring intelligent dialogue to the table — covering some of the most critical issues surrounding agriculture, water and organizational leadership — could only be surpassed by his big-hearted, good-natured personality, and his eagerness to laugh and smile. He brought encouragement and thoughtfulness to every conversation. We lost an incredible leader with Charlie’s passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit – the one that earned him this hall of fame honor – as we address the challenges facing agriculture.”
Thorn said there was no doubt Bartlett would’ve eventually be included into the hall of fame.
“This is honoring everything Charlie did,” Thorn said.❖
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