CO Cattlemen memorialize Bev Bledsoe
At the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Foundation Recognition Banquet held Tuesday Jan. 22, the memory of Carl Beverly “Bev” Bledsoe was honored for his service as a CCA President as well as the longest-serving Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. A memorial plaque was presented to his wife Alice, along with their children and other family members. Pat Grant, former head of the National Western Stock Show, shared some of his personal experiences with Bev Bledsoe before announcing that there will be a permanent memorial to the Speaker in the State Capitol House Chambers anteroom. CCA will also be recognizing Bev Bledsoe with a place the association’s Endowment Hall of Fame.
Born Oct. 6, 1923 in Aroya, he graduated from Kit Carson High School; and attended the University of Colorado before joining the Army in 1942. After returning home, Bev attended Colorado State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He married Alice Catellesa in 1946, and in 1949, he moved his family to Hugo and started a successful Hereford ranch. While living in Hugo, Bev served on the Kit Carson School Board, became the secretary for the Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association, and was elected CCA president in 1967.
Bev is most widely known as the longest-serving Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, with ten years as Speaker, and 18 years total in the House. With the current system of term limits, that record is likely to stand. When he was first elected to the House in 1972, he made it his mission to represent rural Colorado and benefit the cattle industry. Although he was known as a straight-arrow conservative, he worked effectively and efficiently with two Democratic governors.
No other Colorado legislator has so influenced the course and outcome of legislation in the areas of business, property, water, education, agriculture, and tax law than Bev Bledsoe. Especially in today’s world of politics, it is important to remind people that there is a place for perseverance, ideals and hard work.
If you would like to contribute to memorializing Bev Bledsoe’s life and works, please fill out the following form and send it in to the CCA office at 8833 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002. Additionally, if you would like your contribution to go toward the permanent memorial in the state capitol, please indicate so on the form below and CCA will forward your contribution. If you have any questions, or for more information, call 303-431-6422. F
–CO Cattlemen’s Assoc.
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