Dale Lasater
1943 - 2016
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Our treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend died suddenly this past Friday afternoon following a tragic horse accident on the Dale Lasater Ranch (formerly The Lasater Ranch) at Matheson, Colorado. Dale was a well-known Colorado cattle rancher and conservationist. Dale's life will be celebrated at a Memorial Service with reception following on Saturday, October 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 11020 Teachout Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908. Dale is survived by his beloved wife Janine, sons Alex (Fiancé Sarah Cannady) and Tom Lasater (Spouse Peiching Lasater), two grandchildren, Thomas and Elizabeth, as well as brother Laurence Lasater of San Angelo, TX, and brother Lane Lasater and sister Sally Lasater of Boulder, CO. Dale's life touched many people throughout the worldwide ranching and land stewardship community. Dale was a beloved and visionary figure in his field, carrying on four generations of cattle breeding and ranch management. In 1986 he took over management of the Lasater Ranch in Eastern Colorado, founded in 1948 by Tom and Mary Lasater. He broadened and deepened his parents' commitment to working holistically with nature and the environment, producing organic grass fed beef cattle of the Beefmaster breed developed by his father. Dale and his brother Laurence made presentations about the family philosophy of cattle breeding and range management around the world. Dale worked throughout his career to implement conservation of irreplaceable Colorado short-grass prairie and other range environments. Dale was raised on The Lasater Ranch in Falfurrias, Texas and Matheson, Colorado. After graduating from Princeton University in 1965, Dale spent a year studying as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then spent two years working with a cattle improvement program with the Peace Corps in Colombia. Prior to taking over the family ranch, Dale worked as general manager of International Cattle Systems, a diversified livestock company headquartered in Kansas. Dale is a past president of the Pikes Peak Cattlemen's Association, and served on the board of directors of the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and the National Cattlemen's Association (predecessor of NCBA). He was a founding board member of the Holistic Management Colorado Branch. In 2002, Dale was awarded the Slow Food Award for Biodiversity in Turin, Italy. In 2012 Dale was awarded the Stuart P. Dodge award for lifetime achievement by the Palmer Land Trust. Dale is the author of Falfurrias (College Station, Texas A&M University Press, 1985) and the editor of Flatrock (Colorado Springs, Master Publications, 2001). Dale's memory will be treasured by all those touched by him and he is profoundly missed. Contributions in Dale's memory may be made to the Lasater Scholarship Foundation, 35437 Highway 24, Matheson, CO 80830. Photo by Watt M. Casey, Jr.

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Published in Denver Post on Oct. 19, 2016.
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October 17, 2019
Herb, Andy and Andy's son, Paris
October 17, 2019

Herb and I, our children and grandchildren still remember the wonderful times we had at the Lasater Ranch and Dale's kindness to us. We remember him with great fondness and miss his warm presence.
Claire Floyd
February 20, 2017
Dale embodied the noblest virtues and traditions of the American West, always understated and without pretension. Polite and rugged at the same time, he epitomized what this Easterner would call a real Mensch. Even though I knew him only a short time during our days at Princeton, our conversations were poignant in simplicity and memorably gripping. Dale was a friend then through thick and thin. He stands out in my mind even today after so many decades have passed. It was a blessed gift to have known him. Accept my condolences and comfort. He treasured his family as they adored him. May his memory be eternal.
Rev. Arthur Liolin
December 31, 2016
I was shocked to learn of Dale's death from the CRMS bulletin. We were classmates there, and I have many fond memories of the Lasater family, of visiting the ranch, and being fascinated with
" The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising." Dale was one of a kind! His sense of humor was unique. My deepest sympathy to the family for your profound loss.
Julie Pierce White
November 30, 2016
Rest in peace my friend. We first met in 2010 in Spain on the Camino. We became really close friends over the last six years and I can't even tell how much respect I had for him.
Thank you for your friendship, the time on the Lasater Ranch, teaching me about life, cattle and how to ride horseback...I will miss you Tio! My deepest condolences to the family!
November 8, 2016
You can't say enough about Dale and the Lasater family. Thank you for always being courteous and kind, and we always enjoyed conversations and doing business with you.
Mark and Rebecca Turney
November 7, 2016
I met Dale at a sale in 1980. He greeted me by name and treated me like a very important person . We still buy his cows and he always treated me fair and square. Matt Dikeman
Matt Dikeman
November 4, 2016
With Deepest Sympathy to the Lasater family for your loss. We worked with Dale at Our Lady of the Pines many years ago. He was a fine man and will be missed.

Prayers, Rae Jeanne and Carla Lucero
Rae Jeanne Lucero
November 3, 2016
Janine and family, we were saddened to hear of Dale's accident and passing. We have known Dale for many years and he was a gentleman and he served our community well for many years. He will be missed and even though you will have an empty space in your lives, we also know Dale loved the Lord and is in His presence now. Our thoughts and prayers, Jack and Linda Maranville
Jack and Linda Maranville
October 30, 2016
Dale was the guy who taught me the most by his attitude and example. He was so smart, but nothing impresses me more than character, and Dale really impressed me.
Gil Porat
October 27, 2016
Dale was a brother in Christ to me. I deeply treasured his friendship, his counsel and the "Fellowship on the Prairie" we enjoyed during visits to Matheson, Albany and Dilia. I will keep the family in my prayers. I regularly tell people "many thanks". One of several things I picked up from Dale. He was a Blessing to my life.
Rick Graff
October 27, 2016
My family would like to express their deepest condolence to the Lasater family on the recent tragic loss of their loved one, Dale. Father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he is truly a gentle, genteel and Renaissance man. The use of is is not in error. While Dale may be gone from this earth physically, he will never be gone from the memories or hearts of the ones who loved him and had the pleasure to know him nor will he ever be gone from the presence of the Lord. He will be sorely missed in the days ahead but in our grief we can relate to and take consolation from King David's statement concerning the death of his son in II Samuel 12:23 , (someday) I shall go to him.

Warren (Rocky) Roche and family
Rocky Roche
October 25, 2016
Dear Laurie, Lane, and Sally,

I don't know if you will remember me, but in 1956 when I was 16 years old, I spent a summer at your ranch helping your mother around the house and baby-sitting the younger children. I have fond memories of your family and daily picnics at the swimming hole.

I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of your brother, Dale. Also, when I did not see the names of Alan and Brian mentioned in the obituary, I did a Google search and was further saddened to learn of their deaths some years ago. I am so sorry for all of your losses.

I greatly admire all of Dale's accomplishments and contributions. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, Janine, his family, and to all of you. I know he will be missed beyond words.

I have thought of you many times over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Sincerely, Doris Linton Buckley
Doris Linton Buckley
October 24, 2016
I always looked forward to talking to Dale at the annual sale. His advice and encouragement was welcome. He always took time with everyone and listened with open mind. I am glad I made this years sale and had a long conversation with him. He will be missed. My condolences to the entire Lasater family.
Michael Duncan
October 24, 2016
To The Family of Dale Lasater! May the God of comforter send comforting to your family at this difficult time. To be absence from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Debra Baker
October 24, 2016
Mr. Lasater will be greatly missed in our worship services at True Spirit Baptist Church. He was such a kind man.
Mary Bryant
October 24, 2016
To the Lasater Family,
I had the privilege of knowing Dale and being on the ranch several times in my work capacity as a range conservationist. I will always remember Dale's smile and friendly demeanor. His knowledge of ecology, grazing principles, and ranching in sync with nature was enormous. Yet, he remained humble and was always willing to share that knowledge. I learned much from him during those visits. Several years ago Dale received the Colorado Section SRM Grazing Management award, a much-deserved acknowledgement of Dale's skills. Dale, we will miss you. Now Rest in Peace with our Lord and Savior.
Dan Nosal
October 22, 2016
Miss You, Love You, will never forget you Dale.
October 22, 2016
I worked in the office at the ranch in the early 2000s, and have very fond memories of the ranch and Dale. I enjoyed our conversations at the large dining table and in the office, and will always remember his laugh and that twinkle in his eye. I am sending prayers for comfort and strength as you remember a life well lived.
Debbie McKinzie-Johnson
October 22, 2016
Dale @ the Ranch 2014
What a devastating and tragic loss of quiet hero! Our thoughts and prayers are with Janine and the family. Dale & I were roommates at CRMS in 1957-58, and did not reconnect until 56 years later, when my wife and I visited with Dale and Janine at the ranch in Matheson. We toured the ranch, and then Dale hosted us and our grandchildren with a delicious beef lunch he had prepared. What a wonderful human being. His life and achievements touched so many. He will be sorely missed.
Lansing Palmer
October 22, 2016
To: The Family of Dale Lasater-
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4) May you continue to gain strength in your time of bereavement and may this sorrowful time allow you to reflect upon all the joy that you once shared.
Rev. & Mrs. Dwight Taylor
October 22, 2016
You will be truly missed by the congregation at True Spirit Baptist church. Your enlightening smile and your faithfulness will be truly missed, but God has a higher calling for you. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ward & Dorothy Piper
October 22, 2016
Ward @ Dorothy Piper
October 21, 2016
What a wonderful man Dale was! It was such a privilege and pleasure to know such a kind and thoughtful person.

We send our most heartfelt condolences to Janine and the whole family: like you, we will miss Dale dearly.
John & Vanessa Lilly
October 21, 2016
My condolence to the Lasater family, I will miss Dale's smile and firm hugs on Sunday mornings as he was always gave before and after 8am service. May Gods grace comfort you now and forever more.
Deacon Greg and Catrina Horton
Gregory Horton
October 21, 2016
To the Lasater Family, our prayers go with you in your time of sorrow. Bro. Lasater was a kind and gentle person,always greeted you with a handshake and hug. May God continue to keep you and the family in your time of sorrow. We will miss seeing him at True Spirit Baptist Church. God Bless. Ron & Valerie DeCoursey
Ron &Valerie Decoursey
October 20, 2016
We are deeply saddened to learn of Dale's passing. Neighbors on Toltec lane. Elaine Gagne and Don Dinwoodie
Elaine Gagne
October 20, 2016
The saddle room
I was very sad to hear the news of Dale's passing. I first met Dale back in 2006 while visiting the ranch with my professional culinary arts students. I walked in the guest house and office and saw a picture of a Beefmaster bull and said out loud isn't that what Vories raised back in Glade Park in Grand Junction. Dale overheard me and said do you know Eugene? I had worked for a very dry summer month at Eugene Vories' ranch in glade park and I found out that Eugene had been the ranch manager at the Lasater Ranch many years ago. A few visits later I found out that Dale and me were fellow alumni from my high school Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. I have visited the ranch on numerous occasions with my whole family. I have spent time with Tom and Alex and every member of the family has been generous hospitable and friendly. We've ridden his horses across his ranch and have felt the freedom and serenety that you experience on the short grass prairie.
Dale you were taken from us too early and we will miss you. You were way more than a rancher. You were an intellectual, a world traveler, a husband, a father and grandfather, a pioneer in sustainable grazing practices and someone deeply connected to his land.
RIP Dale you will be missed.
Andy Floyd
October 20, 2016
My condolences go out to the family. We will miss his kind words and giving spirit. Special thanks for allowing our youth at True Spirit Baptist Church to have a date at the ranch. Rest in peace you will be missed greatly.
Carolyn Johnson
October 20, 2016
He lived a remarkable life. So sorry for your and our loss.
Penny Bowie
October 20, 2016
Mr. Dale Lasater Family, You have my deepest sympathy. Mr. Lasater often attended Worship services at True Spirit Baptist Church. He was generous in allowing our kids to spend time on his ranch. He always had a smile, soft spoken and he had a sturdy, loving handshake. I pray God comforts your family like only He can.
Doris Davis
October 20, 2016
We're so sorry to learn of Bro. Lasater's passing. Our prayers are with all of his family. Such a nice, nice man...
Marshall & Ruthann Patterson
October 20, 2016
I wish to extend my condolences to the entire Lasater family. Your family has been a model for many to copy. I am glad that I was able to know Mr. Lasater. The world-wide cattle industry is better due to his efforts and commitment that will leave a lasting mark.
Gregg Booth
October 20, 2016
Our prayers go out to the family. I am proud to have had the opportunity to have known Dale. He was always a true gentleman.
Greg Tate
October 20, 2016
Our deepest condolences, we are so sorry for your loss.
We met Mr Lasater in April 2012 while visiting the Baileys.
Marie-Thérèse and Alain Baeza
Marie-Thérèse and Alain Baeza
October 19, 2016
In a conversation I had with Dale years ago, when I was still doing occasional ranch hand work, he encouraged me to continue with school and develop some talents I was apparently blind to. I plan to graduate with a master's degree in a little more than a year and wish he could be around to hear that what he said made a difference.
Arno Van Zoeren
October 19, 2016
It is with a heavy heart that I light this candle ....
cindy frenzel
October 19, 2016
Dale was a fine, humble man who contributed as a giant in the world of sustainable ranching. He has inspired and educated many in the way to follow in his footsteps.

His gravitas and experience will be sorely missed.

I extend my sincerest condolences to his family.

Eileen Reilly
Slow Food Colorado Springs
October 19, 2016
Alex, We hope you and your family can soon find peace in your hearts after this loss! Our prayers and thoughts go out to you all! Con mucho cariño, Chuy y Helen
Chuy y Helen Maldonado
October 19, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss.
Kipp and Diane Nye
October 19, 2016
To the Lasater family: I remember meeting Dale several years ago when I joined my son's students at the Colorado Culinary Academy in a visit to Falfurria. Patiently he explained the whole concept of producing beef using mainly the native range pastures. His knowledge was phenomenal. During the presentation and visit, he treated the students with his traditional respect. Afterwards, he invited us to an open-air barbecue, which helped us digest the ideas he had presented.

He was a skilled author and I have one of his books in my library. He was a gentleman to the core. My wife, Claire, and my son Andy and his family will carry with us fond memories of our several trips to the Lasater ranch.

We greatly admire what Dale did with his life. Our sympathy to all of his surviving relatives. His death is a tremendous loss.

Goodbye, Dale. We shall miss you.
Herb Floyd and family
Herb Floyd
October 19, 2016
Our deepest condolences. Our prayers for the Lasater Family.
Pat & Wendy Kerns
October 19, 2016
RIP my friend....you were always so kind and gracious and the Heavenly Stars will shine brighter now that you have joined them. Your old 4 legged friends will carry you across those Heavenly pastures.
Jane Penley
October 19, 2016
We are so sorry to hear the tragic news about the loss of Dale. Please know that we will be praying for you all at this difficult time.
Mark and Patricia Whisnant
October 19, 2016
Dale was a great man, always a gentlemen, even in the face of adversity. Janine, Alex and Tom, I am very sorry for this tragic loss and will pray for Dale and for all of you to be able to endure this. Grieving is hard work, and although your lives will thus be forever changed for your remaining days on earth, Dale's personal legacy and example as a husband and father will continue to give you strength until you are reunited with him once again.
Jeremy Cohen
October 19, 2016
Dale was an inspiration to me. As a Christian and a Cattleman. I valued his friendship very much. I enjoyed hearing him laugh. I always looked forward to seeing him when going to the Ranch. I was able to go to the Bull Sale at the Ranch last month, I'm glad I did. I will see you again old friend in the next life.
John Bazel
October 19, 2016
So sorry to hear about this tragedy and great loss. Dale was true gentleman, friendly, kind and full of integrity.

God, please cover Dale's family with your comfort and peace.
Lance Thomas
October 19, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lasater family.
Bill Blaik Family
October 19, 2016
Our deepest condolences and our prayers for the Lasater Family.

Tenemos muchos años de amistad con nuestro querido amigo Alex Lasater a quien tuvimos el privilegio de conocer en Monterrey México cuando estudiábamos juntos. Sentimos un profundo dolor por la gran pérdida de tu Papá y estamos con Ustedes. Sin duda Mr. Dale Lasater marcó de una hermosa forma el desarrollo y la vida de nuestro hijo adolescente Juan Diego en su estancia en su rancho en Colorado este verano 2016. Sus enseñanzas y muestras de cariño siempre serán recordadas con alto respeto y agradecimiento. Sin duda un gran ser humano!

Pedimos a Dios que los llene de fortaleza y Paz en sus corazones.

Un fuerte abrazo desde México!

Familia Maldonado Villarreal
October 19, 2016
Sorry for your loss
May God bless you guys
James Womack
October 19, 2016
Janine, My heart hurts for you and your family..... I remember such happy times in Falfurrias with you all and Alex and Tom .Prayers for strength and comfort are going up .....
Mary Ann Funk
October 19, 2016
Dearest Janine, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Dale's family. With love and sympathy,
Stephanie and Presnall Cage
October 19, 2016
My entire family was shaped, in part by the Lasaters. We grew up on the ranch, my Dad was Tom Sr's lawyer...and Dale's Godfather... our Mothers were best friends and soulmates. I send my deepest sympathies and will miss this amazing, generous and singular man . Jeff Haney
October 19, 2016
Dale and the Lasater family were very special friends to my family many, many years ago. Their kindness has never been forgotten. We send our condolences and best wishes.
Tom, Sally & Joan Poor
Thomas Poor
October 19, 2016
Dale was a profound help to my family. He will be missed but his wisdom remains.
Harah Frost
October 19, 2016
on the trail
Dale, a dear friend and brother in Christ, I hope to join in the Jerusalem of God. What a kind and faithful man.
Matt Schuster
October 19, 2016
We are so sad to hear of this loss. Our prayers are with Dales family. We loved Dale, he was such a kind man. I know he is with the Lord but I know how he will be missed here. Dan and Sharon Jaques
October 19, 2016
Dale was a great inspiration to me and I will always treasure the times I got to spend looking at cattle with him. A true gentlemen and he will be greatly missed.
Parker Vandivort
October 19, 2016
Dale was a dear friend and mentor to me. Condolences to the Lasater family. Dale will be missed and remembered well.
Perry Widhalm
October 19, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gordon & Dawna Eurich
October 19, 2016
Dale had a huge influence on my life and I loved him. Janine, we are thinking of you and all of the family.
Ray and Gail Etheredge
October 19, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful lands for trail rides. You will be missed. Blessings to your family.
Janice Pedigo
October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016
I appreciated the impact he had on this world and his willingness to share his thoughts and vision...
Jim Reichardt
Jim Reichardt
October 18, 2016
Our condolences to the Lasater family and the ranching community. Peace be with you all as you go forward. He will be missed.
Eleanore Blacketer
October 18, 2016
I am so deeply saddened by the news of Dale's tragic death. I've had the distinct privilege of knowing Dale for a number of years and had the opportunity to visit the ranch on several occasions. He was a true gentleman, and his wisdom and outlook on life and ecology were endlessly fascinating. I mourn for him and his family. I'll cherish the memories of our many conversations.
Matt Mayberry
October 18, 2016
Sorry for the lose of a man who had such an impact on his family , the community and the ranching industry. There is no doubt where He is now, but He will be missed
Jim Hicks
October 18, 2016
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