I was a couple of years behind Jake Dalla at Durango High School. He was a cool guy. He had a sharp car and he was always nice, even to underclassmen!

This fourth generation Durangoan came from one of the many early Italian families that settled in the Durango area. One of his goals in life was to create a wildlife park and recreation area in honor of his parents. In 2006, the Dalla Mountain Park became a reality. 

Jake was always working. At 19 he was driving a Holsum Bread truck but soon started his own business, a company that worked with machinery and mining. The family had several mining claims around Silverton, Colorado that they acquired early on. Jake had a feel for the mining business and loved the mountains. 

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