Grand Valley restaurateur lauded for business, community efforts

John Moss award
John and Angie Moss accept the Spirit of Western Colorado Award from the principals of Dalby, Wendland & Co., from left, Pam Baumgartle, Dennis Wagner, Chris Allen, Larry Terrell, Donna Hardy and Chris West. (Photo courtesy Dalby, Wendland & Co.)

A restaurateur who operates a successful Taco Bell franchise and supports a variety of charities has been recognized for his business and community efforts.

John Moss received the Spirit of Western Colorado Award from Dalby, Wendland & Co. Each year the Grand Junction-based accounting firm presents the award to clients who not only excel in business, but also demonstrate integrity and community service. Moss has been a client of the firm since 1997.

Moss moved to Grand Junction in 1971 and opened a Taco Bell franchise on North Avenue the following year. In 1990, Moss earned the Glen Bell Award from Taco Bell for operating the Franchise of the Year. In 2000, Moss’ venture was named the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

In addition to expanding and modernizing his Taco Bell franchise, Moss long has supported a variety of community causes, among them the Moss Performing Arts Center at Mesa State College, Taco Bell Tennis open, Sober Grad Night, programs at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Ladder Ranch conservation easement in Glade Park.

Dalby, Wendland & Co. operates one of the largest accounting firms in Western Colorado with offices in seven communities. For more information, call 243-1921 or visit