Marlo Rex Meakins

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Marlo Rex Meakins went home to his lord and savior Sept. 13.
Marlo was born to Reginald Marlo and Pearlie Mae (Lambert) Meakins Nov. 21, 1943. He grew up in Haxtun, "living the good life." As the youngest of four children, Marlo enjoyed working with his dad and brother on the family farm, playing center on the high-school football team and graduating from high school among a class of 23.
It was in Haxtun that he met his future wife, Donna Marie Prideaux. Marlo and Donna moved to Brighton after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with teaching degrees. They had two sons, Erik and Trent.
In 1973, Marlo met the love of his life, Linda Bridwell; they were married in 1978.
Marlo's heart was focused on helping others become the best they could be. After graduating from college, he began his teaching career at North Junior High in Brighton. He moved on to begin his career as a Colorado State University Extension agent. He served as 4-H agent and horticulturist in Arapahoe County. His skill in helping others set and achieve their goals resulted in his appointment as Weld County Extension director.
He moved to the CSU campus when he was named North Central District director. He remained in that position until his retirement in December 1997.
As a result of being an extension horticulturist he met nursery owner and balloonist Don Ida. Thus began a strong friendship and his love for hot-air ballooning. He became crew chief for Don and could be found flying hot air balloons mosst Sundays. He loved spending time with his sons and grandsons, especially camping and fishing. Much to the children's chagrin, it seemed that Marlo always picked the coldest, wettest and most uncomfortable times to go, and nothing could make him pack up.
Not one to let grass grow under his feet he worked various part-time positions until he and Linda found Bucerias, Mexico. They enjoyed being snow birds for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his wife of almost 45 years; a son, Trent (Dana Trujillo), of Aurora; grandsons Noah (Maryden), of Aurora, and Nikolas, of Aurora; daughter-in-law Jean Meakins, of Henderson; grandsons, Anthony and Mako; his sister, Dola (Pat) Garretson, Loveland; sisters-in-law Patricia Meakins, of Haxtun;, and Paula (Dan) Klotz, of Thornton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
His eldest son, Erik; his parents; a brother, Richard Meakins; a sister, Betty Wolff; and a brother-in-law Delbert Wolff, preceded him in death.
A celebration of Marlo's life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Charco Broiler, 1716 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins.

Published in Fort Lupton Press on Sept. 26, 2018