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.
Published in Denver Post on Oct. 19, 2016.