Samuel Perkins Haslem |

Samuel Perkins Haslem

1930 – 2015

Sam Haslem, long time Routt County resident, passed away Dec. 16 in Steamboat Springs. Sam was born in 1930 in Jensen, UT, to Joseph and Ruth P. Haslem. He spent his summers at the Blue Mountain Cow Camps at Basin Springs and winters in Jensen, UT on the Haslem ranch. He started school in Pat’s Hole, located in the Dinosaur National Monument. This was a one-room school with 3 students, taught by his mother. Following the winter of 1935-36 he lived in Jensen, UT and attended the Jensen School. Sam graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, UT in 1947. That fall he started college at Colorado A & M in Fort Collins, CO. While attending college he was active in the ski club, Aggie Hay Lofters, American Commons Club, and was one the of the original ten members of the Aggie Flying Club. While attending college he was in ROTC and upon graduation in 1952 was a 2nd Lieu¬tenant to the U.S. Air Force. While in the Air Force he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base, Roswell, NM. While at Roswell he was squadron gunnery office for the 39th Bomb Squadron. Following discharge in 1954, Sam joined the Colorado Cooperative Extension Service with Colorado A & M College. He served as Extension Agent for the Ute Mountain Tribe at Towoac, 4-H agent in Adams County at Brighton, CO; and as County Extension Director for San Miguel and west Montrose Counties, stationed at Norwood. He then services a 3 year term as State Sheep and Wool Specialist on campus at what is now Colorado State University. He then came to Routt County as County Extension Director for CSU in 1970 and served there until this retirement in 1987. Sam was active in the National County Agriculture Agents Association and served a 2 year term as Western Region Director on the national board. While at Steamboat Springs he was active in the Hayden Lions Club, Hayden Congregational Church, American Legion, Hayden Valley Lodge #126 AF&AM, Civil Air Patrol, Steamboat Rotary, Routt County Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Routt County Wool Growers, and the Routt County Fair. Sam was active with the National Western Stock Show since 1960, first in the junior show and then as the first Superintendent for the National Western Sheep Shearing Contest. This contest started out as a junior contest and actually developed into the International Professional Sheep Shearers Contest. In 1952 he married Patricia Dalrymple of Fort Collins, CO. From this union three children were born; Richard Marc, Terri Ann, and Sherri Lyn. Following their divorce in 1966, Sam had custody of his three children. He later met Louise Beals from Collbran, CO, and they married in 1967. To this union Joseph Wilfred was born in 1969. Sam and Louise have lived in the same house on the hill at Hayden since 1974. Sam and Louise have 5 grandchil¬dren and 3 great-grandchildren. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, and by his younger brother, Jack. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sam’s name to the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Fund in care of Grant Mortuary.

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