MONTE VISTA — Life-long Valley resident, Robert William “Bob” Myers, died May 10, 2020. He was born in Monte Vista, Colorado June 24, 1926, to Willie Jennings Myers and Edith “Betty” Gibson Myers. He was raised on a farm in the Sargent area and graduated from Sargent High School in 1944. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Fargo at the end of World War II. When his Naval service ended, he attended Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Colorado State University, in Ft Collins. It was while attending college that he met Bernice Marlatt of Longmont on a blind date. That blind date led to a wedding May 23, 1948, and a marriage that lasted over 68 years. Bob and Bernice settled on a farm east of Center where they farmed for 54 years and raised their four children.
Bob was a knowledgeable and hard-working farmer. He loved the mountains surrounding the San Luis Valley. He was a hunter, fisherman and enjoyed “jeeping” with family and friends. He was an avid John Deere enthusiast, collecting and restoring many antique John Deere tractors. Other interests included history, geology, astronomy and reading. Bob and Bernice enjoyed traveling. They not only traveled in the United States, but were lucky enough to visit every continent on Earth.
Among their most memorable trips were three cruises to Antarctica and touring with the Two-Cylinder Club in Europe and Australia. They enjoyed taking their 5th wheel trailer to Mexico in the winter months where they would camp near the beach with their wonderful friends.
Bob served many years on the San Luis Valley Irrigation District board, the Colorado Groundwater Commission, the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District board and as a director of the Federal Land Bank Association. Bob twice received the Coors Grower of the Year Award and one year the Coors Environmental Conservation Award. He was a member of Center United Methodist Church where he served in many different roles.
He is survived by his daughters Linda Kay Myers Haverland of Littleton, CO and Janet Lee Myers of Center, his son John D Myers (Ginny Bond) of Hooper. He was a very special Grandpa to 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bernice, his brother James R Myers of Center, his son Steven William Myers of Alamosa and his son-in-law Jack Kuntz of Center.
Cremation was chosen. A Celebration of Life will be held as soon as family and friends can gather once again. Memorial contributions can be made to Center United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, words of comfort and remarks for Bob’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com