RIP Dick MacRavey

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Here’s the release from the Colorado Water Congress (Doug Kemper).

Richard D. MacRavey
Executive Director Emeritus
Colorado Water Congress
1931 – 2011

Dick MacRavey passed away this morning at about 5:00 am. Over the past few days, he was fighting an infection and fever. His oxygen level dropped significantly. He died peacefully.

Dick was the Executive Director of the Colorado Water Congress from 1980 until 2006. He will be remembered for his tireless work in rescuing the Colorado Water Congress from financial difficulty. He built a legislative record that will stand as a permanent tribute to a man whose vision shall endure. Without his leadership, there would be no Colorado Water Congress today.

A memorial service to celebrate Dick’s life is being planned for the latter part of March in Castle Rock. More details will be released as they become available.

“This is truly a sad day for Mary, the MacRavey family and friends, and the entire water community. Dick will always be remembered as the face of Water Congress for so many years. He will be greatly missed by all.” Joe Frank, Colorado Water Congress President

“. . . his is a life worth celebrating with many great and wonderful stories. I am certain Chips, John Sayre, and MacRavey are already in some heated argument over the doctrine of prior appropriation!” Sam Mamet, Colorado Municipal League Executive Director

“It is certainly a sad day for the water community. Dick was dedicated to us and to our interests. May he rest in peace.” David Robbins, Colorado Water Congress Former President

More coverage from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Richard D. “Dick” MacRavey, who had a knack for herding the state’s water buffaloes in basically the same direction, died Monday. MacRavey, who would have been 80 on Wednesday and lived in Denver, was the executive director of Colorado Water Congress from 1980-2006, and helped that group shape state water policy in many ways.

When MacRavey retired in 2006, then-Sen. Ken Salazar noted: “Dick MacRavey is retiring from the Colorado Water Congress at a moment when the outlook for consensual politics in the West is strong. This is no coincidence. Dick has championed an approach to water that calms our quarrels by highlighting our shared interests.”

More coverage from Kyle Glazier writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

A man who colleagues say worked tirelessly to save the Colorado Water Congress from financial difficulty and protect Colorado’s water resources died this morning after several days of illness, the Water Congress said. Richard MacRavey died after battling fever and infection, said a Water Congress news release. MacRavey served as executive director of the water-rights advocacy group from 1980 to 2006. He was 79.

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