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Representing the valley

Baldwin, Coyner receive Leckenby, Larson honors

Mike McCollum

Leckenby Award winner Bill Baldwin gives a barn cat a treat in this undated photo taken during his teen years in Routt County.

For more than 20 years, the Tread of Pioneers Museum has honored those who have impacted the history of the Yampa Valley through its Leckenby and Larson awards.

On Tuesday, Delmar Coyner and Bill Baldwin were added to the list of men and women who Jim Stanko said “initiated cultural, social and historical change in the valley.”

Baldwin, a former member of the Steamboat Springs School Board and the boards of directors for Colorado Mountain College and the Yampa Valley Land Trust, was honored as the Leckenby Award winner.

The award is given to current Routt County residents who have been nominated by others in the area.

Susan Dorsey, the trust’s executive director, said in Baldwin’s nomination letter that he deserves to be honored in local history because of his leadership in the Yampa Valley.

“He exemplifies local heritage, ranching, traditions and community involvement not only for those who share the valley today but also for all who follow his footsteps,” she said.

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Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Director C.J. Mucklow said Baldwin is a wealth of information about what was going on in the community.

“Whenever I see Dr. Baldwin, or he stops by the office, I stop whatever I am doing and take the time to learn from him,” Mucklow said. “He always has a great thought or makes me think deeper about the issues at hand.”

Coyner, the Larson Award winner, died in May at age 71 and was represented at the ceremony by his family.

Stanko, who hosted the awards ceremony, said Coyner’s stoic, laidback personality did not dampen a passion for community service.

Coyner was a 22-year member of the Steamboat Springs Fire Department and the Yampa Valley Baptist Church in Craig. He worked as a contractor, ran his own auto mechanic business and worked maintenance for the Steamboat Springs School District.

“He was very quiet, but he had a real impact through his work with foster care and the fire department,” said Stanko, who noted that Coyner was a foster dad for more than 70 children. “This award is a way for families to know that somebody in the valley appreciates what their loved ones did.”

The Larson Award, which is given posthumously, was awarded to Clarence Light last year, while the Leckenby Award was given to Sam Haslem.

“We had some fantastic nominations this time, and this year, we had more nominations than we have had in many years,” Stanko said. “There was a pool of people that have made real contributions. It was pretty difficult to choose just two, but also gratifying to know that so many people are remembered.”

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