Art Isgar, Passes at 94

Art Isgar, the father of former two-term state senator Jim Isgar, passed away March 23rd. He was 94. Isgar, with little money or formal education, was on his own by age 13. Eventually, however, he was able to buy 80 acres near Breen, about 16 miles west of Durango. At one point, Art said he was lucky to be alive. As a child, he suffered a ruptured appendix. In addition, he was dragged once by a mule and once by a horse, he was accidentally shot, had a poisonous coyote trap explode in his hand, and was bitten by a rattlesnake. Isgar was involved in the years-long Animas-LaPlata Project, testified before the state legislature to keep the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in operation, and was a force behind moving Fort Lewis College from Hesperus to Durango in 1956.