Bob and Joyce Everitt, both from Enid, Oklahoma, were married while attending the University of Oklahoma. Bob graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance and Joyce earned her bachelor’s degree in social work.
Following graduation, Bob served in the Korean War. Upon his return in 1953, the Everitts moved to Fort Collins and bought a lumber company in conjunction with Bob’s father.
In 1956, Bob founded Everitt Companies and began developing residential real estate in the Fort Collins area. The Everitt Companies later moved into commercial property development, with the Foothills Fashion Mall in Fort Collins being the premier property. The Everitt Companies also worked with the Colorado State University Research Foundation to develop the Center for Advanced Technology.
Everitt’s leadership in the business and civic community has included service as chairman and director of First State Bank of Fort Collins; chairman of Fort Collins Inc.; president of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce; a director of the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority; board member of the Rawhide Marathon Foundation; member of the Salvation Army advisory board; member of the Fort Collins Foundation (now the Community Foundation); and committee member of the Governor’s Front Range Planning Task Force.
The Everitts also are strong supporters of the arts in the Fort Collins community. Joyce is an artist specializing in woodcarving and Bob created a sculpture studio through Everitt Companies. Joyce was one of the founders of the Children’s Theatre, and continues to be active in the community.
Bob’s contributions to Colorado State have included involvement in various organizations including service as vice chairman of the Development Council; member of the athletics campaign cabinet; member of the State Board of Agriculture; member of the CSU Foundation; and chairman of the College of Business Partners for Excellence Campaign. Joyce has participated in numerous university events and was instrumental in establishing the Pi Beta Phi sorority at Colorado State.
The Everitts have generously supported Colorado State’s campaigns, and are members of the Morgan Society, Rams Club and Rams Horn. Their contributions have included support of the Morgan Library campaign, the College of Business, Colorado State athletics and the Equine Teaching and Research Center. The Everitt’s recent gift toward construction of the new Thurman McGraw athletic facility helped bring the $8.6 million athletics campaign to a close.
The Everitts have three children, David Everitt, Stanley Everitt and Claudia Gillum. When Bob stepped down as president of the Everitt Companies in 1993, his son David became president. His son Stanley is executive vice president and his son in law Jack Gillum is vice president of Everitt Companies and general manager of Foothills Fashion Mall.