Bob Taylor

Longtime La Plata County resident Bob Taylor passed away on April 3rd. Mr. Taylor was born March 21, 1921, in Kirtland, N.M. In 1946, after serving in World War II, Taylor moved just south of Redmesa, where he operated the Long Hollow flour mill and a mostly dryland farm near Redmesa and on the Dryside. A resident of southwest La Plata County for more than 65 years, Bob was active in civic and community boards and committees to include many irrigation water boards. He spent most of his life here working toward the building of the Animas-La Plata water project, which was approved by Congress in the mid 1960s but was not funded or built as originally envisioned. He went to Washington, D.C., many times to lobby for the project’s construction, and it eventually was built after being scaled down to the current Lake Nighthorse west of Durango. The Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District and the Southwestern Water Conservation District have always been grateful to Bob for his years of service and tireless efforts on the ALP Project. He will be sorely missed and condolences to his family.