He may have been a frail man confined in his last years to a wheelchair, but to many people in the Grand Valley Loyd Files was a giant among men. Files passed away Tuesday at the age of 107.
Arriving in Glade Park in 1921, he built a log cabin there and with his wife, Cordelia, spent 17 years as a farmer and rancher. The drought of the 1930's forced the family into Grand Junction, and from the seeds of despair began buying land and improving it. Much of east Grand Junction became a reality because of his work. Files donated land to create a youth baseball league, published a short-lived newspaper and built the first drive-in movie theater between Denver and Salt Lake City.
Files was as much a humanitarian as entrepreneur. He was active early-on in issues dealing with the elderly and with youth, and became involved with the non–profit agency Hilltop. He is also closely tied to the Museum of the West, whose research library is named after him.
Services will be at the LDS Church Stake Center on G road at noon this Saturday.