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The Fence Post obituary: Roderick Clark MacLennan

Roderick Clark MacLennan, 95

Jan. 20, 1923 – May 1, 2018

Bennett, Colo.

Roderick Clark MacLennan, 95, of Bennett, passed away May 1, 2018, at his home of 58 years, surrounded by his loving bride and family. He was born on a very cold morning on Jan. 20, 1923 in Sheridan, Wyo., to Alec MacLennan and Myrtle Clark MacLennan.

After graduating from Sheridan High School and the attack of Pearl Harbor, Rod enlisted in the Army on Nov. 9, 1942. After surviving the Normandy Invasion on Utah Beach, he earned his Purple Heart at the Battle of Cherbourg. He was honorably discharged with numerous other medals Jan. 21, 1946.

He returned home to attend Colorado A&M University, now CSU, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in animal science. He soon after met the love of his life, Alice Mae Bonds at the state 4-H conference in Fort Collins, Colo. At this time he resided in Hugo, Colo., where he was employed as the Extension agent. They were wed Sept. 23, 1951, in Durango, Colo., at the Methodist Church. To this blessed union came five beautiful children, Ginny, Dave, Jeri, Don and Scot.

They built the legacy of the Valhalla Ranch between Bennett and Byers, Colo., from 1960 through the present day. During this time, Rod served on numerous boards including the Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Company for 37 years, served as president of the American Gelbvieh Association for three years and as a director for nine years and was later inducted into the AA Hall of Fame. He was a charter member of the National Cattlemen's Association, lifelong member of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, instrumental in the development of the Lincoln County Stockman's Association and member of the National Western Stock Show Association. Rod was the Adams County Livestock Judging team coach for 11 years, winning four state championships and qualifying for nationals four times.

In 1993, Rod was named the Record Stockman Livestock Man of the Year. His true passion in life was for ranching and the cattle industry. To those who knew him he was a man of vision — someone who could see things that were to come — where there was nothing before. He was never a follower, but one to be followed. A great man.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Alec and Myrtle; his sister, Mary Louise; brother-in-law, Bruce and his daughter, Virginia Louise MacLennan May and daughther-in-law, Brenda MacLennan.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Alice; children, Dave (Sue), Jeri, Don (Lynn), and Scott (Sherry); 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and loved ones.