Obit – Robert M. Teegarden
April 23, 2010
Robert M. Teegarden, DVM, 82, of Salida, passed away March 22, 2010. Bob was born on December 26, 1927, in Boulder to Ray and Ruth Teegarden.Growing up he enjoyed hunting, fishing, art & photography, which he continued throughout his life. After graduating from high school in 1945 he spent two years in the U. S. Navy. During his time in the navy he served as an obstetrical and surgical assistant at the U. S. Naval Dependants Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the Navy in 1947 and entered CSU for pre-veterinary medical studies. Following the required two years of pre-med, he gained acceptance into the School of Veterinary Medicine for the four year course. During that time he spent four years on the CSU Gymnastics team and five with the Rodeo Club. He married Mourine Pence in 1951. In his junior year he illustrated a veterinary surgery text and then prior to entering the fall term of his senior year in 1952, he lost a bout to polio. Following his recovery he lost the use of his left arm. He continued his studies and served as an instructor in the veterinary anatomy department then graduated with his DVM in 1955. After graduation he set up a private practice in Kremmling. Here he was involved with his children in 4-H, backpacking, hunting, fishing and many outdoor activities that the area is known for. After 17 years he sold his practice in 1968 and became the Extension Agent for CSU in Grand and Summit Counties. Following a divorce in 1974, he moved to Fort Collins where he acquired his Masters in Education at CSU then continued his service as the Assistant to the Dean and Director of Continuing Veterinary Medicine, then later as Regional Extension Veterinarian and Director of Veterinary Research in Gunnison.In 1987 he retired from CSU to pursue his passion for art. He built a home in Salida with a studio and was active in several artist’s guilds. His works were exhibited in numerous shows, placing first in two national shows.He loved the outdoors and the incredible scenery around Salida. A joy in his life was watching his grandchildren grow up, spending many fun hours with them fishing, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.