Routt County Spotlight: Marsha Daughenbaugh

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Age: Almost 54

Occupation: Executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance

Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

A. I was born in Steamboat thanks to the great insight of my parents.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. Changing careers after more than 25 years in one spot.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. I am a morning person so it is up before 6 a.m., check out the day, check the outside temperature, visit with the dog, coffee-OJ-milk, shower, visit with Doc (my husband) and off to work by 7 a.m.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. "Woven on the Wind: Women Write about Friendship in the Sagebrush West," by Nancy Curtis, Gaydell Collier and Linda M. Hasselstrom. It's a collection of diary excerpts from women who helped settle the West, providing solid lessons about not feeling too sorry for myself.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. Look people in the eye when you visit with them.

Q. What are the first three things you tell new acquaintances about yourself?

A. I have a great family. I was raised and continue to live on a family-owned ranch in the Lower Elk River Valley. I believe deeply in Routt County agriculture and want it to survive.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. Interior decorator.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?

A. My family, Jesus, my grandmother Sena and Barack Obama for a lively discussion on the past, the present and the future.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Bells, salt cellars and useless bits of local lore.

Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'll do anything for love, but I won't do that," what is that?

A. Eat eggplant.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Driving tractor at age 6 for my dad's hay crews.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. My dad, Raymond Gray, is my superhero. He overcame a lot of personal hardships and without bitterness has instilled in me a sense of right and wrong.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. I am not crazy about snakes.

Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?

A. No, I just keep looking forward to the future.

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