Bob Zarlingo, R.I.P.

Robert “Bob” Zarlingo owned and operated a historic local business with his family — what became Horizon Drive Standard and Zarlingo Automotive. But his impact on the Grand Valley and western Colorado went far beyond that.

Zarlingo’s death last Saturday at the age of 64 was a blow to this community as well as his family.

He was a member and past president of the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a past president of the Bookcliff Country Club. He also served on boards or volunteered with other local groups.

His wife, Cathie, is a former member of the School District 51 Board of Education, as well as outdoors’ groups. One friend said the two “were a powerhouse in this community, in large part because of the way they supported each other.”

Bob Zarlingo was described as generous to everybody and enthusiastic about his family and his community.

He will be missed.


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