Edwin Wayne Colette was born in Sterling, CO on November 2, 1935, to Edwin and Alma Colette. He attended high school in Longmont, CO, and was class president in both his junior and senior years and graduated in 1953. He received B.S. in Animal Science in 1958 from Colorado State University; was treasurer in his junior class and first vice president in his senior year. Wayne obtained his M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1960 and farmed and ran a dairy in Windsor, CO.
He went into Extension as an agent in Morgan County and then Fremont and Custer counties for 25 years. He was a great promoter of the 4-H program having many accomplishments: he was high team coach for the National Champion dairy judging team in 1972, president of the National Association of County Agents in 1975-76, and president of the Colorado County Agents Association in 1989. Wayne was awarded for outstanding service to 4-H in 1989 by the Canon City Daily Record. He started the first 4-H ski program in the state of Colorado.
He raised Tarentaise cattle and won many awards in Colorado and Canada. He was a well-known livestock announcer with the Colorado State Fair, the National Western Stock Show, and the American Royal Stock Show in Kansas City, MO for decades. He was inducted into the Showtimes Magazine Hall of Fame in 2020. Wayne Colette (theshowtimesmagazine.com)
Wayne passed away peacefully on March 13, 2023, in Northglenn, CO, with his family by his side at 87 years old. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Colette; sons, Randall Colette (Beth) of Derby, CT, and Roxy Colette of Parker, CO; and grandchildren, Rachael Colette and Brenner Colette of Derby, CT.
A celebration of life will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 801 Sheridan Ave., Canon City, CO 81212 on Saturday, March 25, at 1 PM. Reception to follow.
Live Stream of Service on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDUiDLlyUIw&authuser=0
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to "Fremont County 4-H Cornerstone" and mailed to Fremont County Extension Office, 6655 State HWY 115, Florence, CO 81226, or collected at the service.
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