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Judd Babcock is still leading local Eagle Scouts

Judd Babcock asked that, instead of flowers his friends donate money to local Boy Scout Troop 231. They used the money to put these graphics on their trailer.
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EDWARDS — One of Judd Babcock’s last requests was that people take a pass on the flowers and send money to the Vail Boy Scout Troop 231.

They did.

The troop used the money to transform their trailer from adequate to awesome.

Babcock was an Eagle Scout, Marine and a successful local business owner.

It’s a point of pride for a Boy Scout troop to pull into a regional camporee with the best trailer.

“Our family and friends are proud about the support given to the local Scouts in his honor,” said Gretchen Babcock, Judd’s wife.

The trailer graphics center around Mount of the Holy Cross. The topography lines of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area are on the side of the trailer.

All of the merit badges required to earn an Eagle Scout rank are there. On the front of the trailer will be all of the names of the scouts from Troop 231 who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Rich Grayson, of First Chair Designs, and Greg Fedeczko, with Vail Custom Woodworking, helped complete this project.

“I know that our father would be honored to have supported the local Troop 231 in hopes to motivate and inspire young men in the community,” said Polly Babcock, one of Judd’s daughters.

Life well lived

Judd Babcock was born Aug. 20, 1941. He died in October.

He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1963 where he was captain of the wrestling team, played on the undefeated football team and was inducted into the Washington & Lee University Athletic Hall of Fame, along with the rest of the legendary 1960 and 1961 teams. He joined the Marines and was honorably discharged in 1965.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935.