Davie Dean "Dave"
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September 27, 1931 - February 11, 2014
Davie Dean Robertson, age 82, passed away on February 11, 2014, at the Rangely District Hospital in Rangely, Colorado, after a year of severe illness. Dave was born on September 27, 1931, at the Fisher Ranch, east of Hugo, Colorado to Herschel and Pauline (Sterling) Robertson.
Dave graduated from Hugo High School in 1950, and in March of 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army. After training he was assigned to Army Ordinance at Fort Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska.
After Dave was discharged, he attended Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colorado, receiving an Associate Degree and graduated from Colorado University in 1958, with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Accounting.
On December 6, 1958, he married Cheryl Kirby whom he met in college. He worked for a Certified Public Accounting firm in Greeley, Colorado for five years. In 1963, the family moved to Rangely, Colorado, went in to the livestock business with Cheryl's parents and Twin Buttes Ranch Co. was formed.
Family and the ranch were his life. Over the years, additional acreages and grazing permits were added to the business and he never quit seeking knowledge. He studied the soils, learned the grasses, plants, and shrubs particular to an area and kept a chart of the precipitation in order to better the range. One of his missions in life was to leave the land in better condition than when he found it.
The last few years he went through many of "The Great Courses" lectures and books, on topics covering the U.S. Constitution, early history and finance. Reading was his hobby.
Dave was a member of the first Rio Blanco County Planning Commission serving for eight years, most of that time was chairman. He was on the board of directors of the Douglas Creek Soil Conservation and was instrumental in helping establish the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center at Meeker, Colorado. He served on the Board of directors of the Rifle Production Credit Association until its reorganization in 1985. He belonged to the Rio Blanco County Cattlemens, the Colorado Cattlemens, the National Cattlemens, R-Calf and the Society for Range Management.
Dave and his family were honored in 1987 as Colorado Hereford Breeder of the year by the Colorado Hereford Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Frank Robertson.
Dave is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two sons, Scott (Mikki) Robertson of Rangely; Owen (Michelle) Robertson of Rangely; daughter, Karen (Troy) Latham of Mack, Colorado; six grandchildren, Mandi Hirsch, Tyler Robertson, Rayna Robertson, Afton Robertson, Aren Robertson, and Kersi Latham; brother, Steve (Judy) Robertson of Greeley, Colorado; three sisters, Betty Kaufman of Littleton, Colorado; Della (Don) Knutson of Genoa, Colorado, and Janie VanDerSchouw of Leadville, Colrado, and sister-in-law, Carol Robertson of Agate, Colorado.
A funeral was held at the First Baptist Church in Rangely on February 18, 2014, with burial in the Rangely Cemetery.
Contributions in Dave's name may be made to the Memorial Fun at the First National Bank of the Rockies for T-Cell Lymphoma Cancer research.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 2, 2014