Dr. Best was born in Wichita, Kansas to Howard and Ruby Best, and settled in the Colorado Springs area in 1946. He graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1955, and then served honorably in the United States Air Force. On October 16, 1959 he married Nikki C. Stone at Grace Episcopal Church. |
Dr. Best earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and Specialist's degrees from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. In 1976 he received his Doctoral degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from UNC. Postdoctoral education was undertaken through the University of Oklahoma, Denver University, University of Wisconsin, and UCLA among other universities. He served as an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Services at the University of Northern Colorado.
For over 20 years Dr. Best worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor and Administrator for the Colorado State Division of Rehabilitation, eventually serving as the State Director. He later worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor and Administrator for the United States Rehabilitation Administration.
From 1981 through 1986 he worked as Corporate Psychologist, Rehabilitation Specialist, and Supervisor of Corporate Counseling Services for the Adolph Coors Company. Thereafter, Dr. Best operated a vocational rehabilitation consulting business until his retirement in 1995.
Dr. Best is survived by his wife of 54 years Nikki, brother David of Greeley, CO, sons Michael and Daniel, his grandchildren Ryan, Kaleigh, Catherine, and Patrick.
A memorial service is to be held at the Inn at Palmer Divide on Saturday November 16, 2013 from 2pm-5pm.
443 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, Colorado, 80133
Donations in Dr. Best's memory are encouraged to: the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; the National Parkinson's Foundation; or the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.
Published in The Gazette from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2013