Dale Rolland Andrus, 85, a 40-year resident of Evergreen, passed away April 15, 2013.
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A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at The Barn Chapel at Evergreen Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, of 60 years; children Patrick (Jodi) of Highlands Ranch, Peggy of Evergreen and Michael (Kathy) of Panama; and grandchildren Amelia, Emily, Tao and Maya. He is also survived by his brother Max (Ilene) Andrus, sisters Marlene Munday and Bonita (Gary) Higley and brother-in-law David (Alice) Drewelow, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Andrus was a native of Shelley, Idaho. He began a federal career in 1944 as a fire lookout and weather observer for the U.S. Forest Service while in high school. After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, he attended and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in forestry in 1953 and began a lengthy career with the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. He served in Idaho, Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado and Washington, D.C., in positions of increasing responsibility in the bureau's land, minerals and resource programs. He was promoted to the position of state director of Colorado in 1972 and served in that position until 1980, at which time he was offered a prestigious position as deputy director of lands and resources in Washington, D.C.. He made a choice between living in Washington, D.C., or Colorado, and "Colorado won."
Mr. Andrus initiated the establishment of the Phoenix Lands and Minerals Training Center, which was expanded into the BLM National Training Center, and he received several awards during his career, including the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Medal by the director of the Bureau of Land Management; the Distinguished Service Medal by the secretary of the interior; and the Colorado Excellence in Government Distinguished Federal Service Award by the Denver Chamber of Commerce and Denver Federal Executive Board. After leaving the BLM, he began Andrus Associates, a consulting firm specializing in public land and its resources, a position he held until 2011.
Dale was a husband, father, grandfather, fisherman, public servant, jack-of-all-trades and a great friend. Woodworking and tinkering in his yard and garage, maintaining rental properties in Denver and Oklahoma City, and getting away to his cabin in Grand Lake filled his retirement years. Always willing and able to lend a hand to family, friends or strangers and able to impart strong counsel on "the things of life," Mr. Andrus will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to: American Hearing Research Foundation, 310 W. Lake St., No.111, Elmhurst, IL 60126 (http://american-hearing.org/donate/); or to Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439 (www.MtEvans.org).
For more information or to offer condolences, visit www.EvergreenMemorialPark.com.
Evergreen Memorial Park
26624 N. Turkey Creek Rd.
Evergreen, CO 80439
Published in Canyon Courier from July 10 to July 16, 2013