Charles Dean Lott, 79 of Greeley, died on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Bonell Good Samaritan Community, Greeley.
He was born March 19, 1933, in Greeley to William E. Sr. and Alice M. (Johnson) Lott. He grew up on farms in the Greeley area and in Prospect Valley. From 1953 to 1955 he served in the U.S. Army. On June 7, 1953, he married Nadine Rutt. They were divorced in 1981. They farmed in Prospect Valley and in the Eaton and Galeton areas before moving to Yuma, Colorado, in 1969 where he raised primarily sugar beets, corn, and beans. He was a director of the National Sugar Beet Growers Association for two terms and high grower for four years. He was an innovative farmer and was featured in Through the Leaves magazine for raising and mechanically thinning 1000 acres of sugar beets. In Yuma he also obtained his real estate license and worked with his wife in her real estate office.
In 1980 he moved full-time to Phoenix, Arizona, where he owned race horses. He earned his thoroughbred horse training license and raced horses through 1989. He was employed for several years as a maintenance engineer in Mesa, Arizona, until he sustained a traumatic head injury in a fall in December 2000. In 2002 he moved to Bonell Community in Greeley to be near family.
Survivors are two sons, Kent D. “Doug” Lott of Hillrose, Colorado, and Kurt D. Lott and wife Jane of Castaic, California; one brother, Gerald Lott of Greeley; three sisters, Mary Ann Murray of Grass Valley, California, Dorothy Firestien of Greeley, and Linda Law of Sun City West, Arizona; four grandsons, Jason and wife Mindy, Jamey, Michael, and Lance Lott; and four great-grandsons, McKenzie, Bradley, Jason Jr., and Dylan Lott. His parents, brother William E. Lott Jr., sister, Shirley Fitch, and former wife Nadine Elson are deceased.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel, 3501 S. 11th Avenue in Evans. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 12th at the Elsa Borgmann Chapel at Bonell Good Samaritan Center, 708 22nd Street in Greeley.