Richard A. Esra of Hotchkiss died May 10, 2017, at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 58.
Graveside services will be held at a later date.
He was born Jan. 22, 1959, to LeRoy and Joyce (Bolinger) Esra in Mesa, Ariz. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Tempe, Ariz.
He enjoyed drag racing, building model cars, camping and his dogs.
He is survived by a son, Joshua Esra; a daughter, Heather Esra; a brother, Roger Esra; and a sister, Diane Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald Esra.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.