Fort Lupton council remembers former Weld Commissioner Webster

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/18/23

Fort Lupton City Council took a few minutes Jan. 17 to remember longtime cattleman and former state legislator Bill Webster, who died earlier in the month at the age of 90.

Webster spent 30 years …

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Fort Lupton council remembers former Weld Commissioner Webster

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Fort Lupton City Council took a few minutes Jan. 17 to remember longtime cattleman and former state legislator Bill Webster, who died earlier in the month at the age of 90.

Webster spent 30 years in the commercial cattle feeding business before serving as Weld County commissioner at large and four years in the state Legislature. He founded the Weld County Boys & Girls Club, served on the board of Safeway Stores INc. and was active in many agricultural and community organizations, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the president of the Weld County chapter of the CSU Alumni Association.

“He served the citizens of Weld County well. He served the citizens of the state well,” said Councilman Claud Hanes. “He left a mark on the state.”

Hanes also recounted a story about a request from Boulder officials to relocate prairie dogs.

“He told them to put tags on their ears to keep better track of them,” Hanes said. “He went to the state, and the state said they can’t carry prairie dogs across county lines.”

Webster met his wife, the former Sylvia West, on a blind date at the Greeley Rodeo fairgrounds. They were married for 67 years.

“Bill Webster was an institution and played an enormous role in developing the cattle industry in Colorado,” according to his obituary on dignitymemorial.com. “He traveled the country giving lectures on the use of computerized records to improve beef production and advocated consumer education and improved public relations. His numerous contributions are impossible to measure and, in 2017, earned him an induction into the FFA Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame”

A celebration of life was Jan. 21, and a reception followed.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Weld County Community Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service at 6521 W. 20th St., Greeley 80634. Visit www.allnuttgreeley.com to send condolences to the family.

“He will be missed,” said Fort Lupton Mayor Zo Hubbard.

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