W.D. Farr, Former NCBA President, Cattle Pioneer, dies at age 97

W.D. Farr, Former NCBA President, Cattle Pioneer, dies at age 97

By The Denver Post

W.D. Farr, 97, a key figure in creating Colorado’s water projects and a legend in Northern Colorado, died at his home in Greeley early Monday afternoon.

Farr had been in ill health for the several months.

Former Colorado State University president Al Yates has known Farr since 1990, when Yates first came to Colorado, he said.

“I admired him and thought he was a mentor to all of us – all of us who cared about the land, and cared about Colorado, and cared about water,” Yates said.

Yates viewed Farr as a friend and mentor, he said, and also described him as a “quintessential scholar.”

“I’ve combed a great number of documents over the years,” Yates said. “None were more impressive than those that were written by W.D. Farr.”

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