Robert (Bob) Martin Blakstad, of Durango, Colorado was born on May 28, 1951 in Limon, Colorado, and passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021 in Thornton, Colorado.
Bob recently retired from UPS, where he had worked since June 1990. He loved his job, driving from Durango, CO to Grand Junction, CO, and back over Red Mountain Pass. Bob farmed his family's farm from 1981 to 1990. Bob grew up on that farm in Genoa, Colorado. He attended school in Genoa. and graduated from High School in 1969. In the 70s he worked at Sigman Meat Company as a butcher in Brush, Colorado, and later worked for several different companies as a truck driver. Bob married Jill Colpitts on June 24, 1978. Their daughters were born in 1981, 1985 and 1986.
Bob enjoyed driving and he liked motorcycles, boats, trucks and cars, but especially Ford Mustangs. He also enjoyed repairing vehicles, home remodeling projects and cooking and he loved spending time with family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jill Blakstad, and their daughters; Portia Blakstad, Jessie Blakstad, and Whitney Blakstad, and granddaughter, Charlie Day. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Bradley Riddle, his son, Larry Barnes, grandson, Ryan Barnes, his sisters, Sharon Saruk and Linda Blakstad, and his brother, Terrence Blakstad. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alf and Dorothy Blakstad.
A memorial service will be held at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Durango, CO on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Published by The Durango Herald on Oct. 6, 2021.