Happy Birthday, Don Lufkin!
Don’s legacy to give back to the Yampa Valley lives on annually on May 10th, Don’s birthday. Every year, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation honors his legacy by awarding grants to local organizations that Don had chosen. His favorite causes were those benefiting youth, seniors and promoting the health of residents of the Yampa Valley, all of which he funded through the Lufkin Family Endowment Fund of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. $143,812 in grants will be awarded this year.
Don was a generous and giving person. He was given the Tread of Pioneer Museum’s Leckenby Award in 1999 and was named the Individual Philanthropist of the Year by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation in 2000. In addition to other causes, Don donated money to help build the Lufkin LIFT-UP Center, the Lufkin Library at the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Lufkin Atrium in a wing of the Yampa Valley Medical Center.
In addition to his philanthropy, Don was also generous with his time. He served on the following boards: Routt Memorial Hospital for more than 15 years, including two as president; served on the board of the Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens; and the board for the Mesa Schoolhouse as well as the committee to acquire and refurbish the school. He also was a longtime member of Rotary Club, the Routt County Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs.
His legacy will live on in the Valley, and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation looks forward to continuing to carry out his wishes.