Kremmling turns out to mourn West Grand student JD Guess |

Kremmling turns out to mourn West Grand student JD Guess

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KREMMLING — The community is in mourning this week after the untimely death of West Grand High School student JD Guess.

A memorial service honoring his memory was held at the high school Monday afternoon. Guess died tragically on Thursday, Oct. 29, in a single vehicle rollover crash north of Kremmling on US Highway 40.

The Monday afternoon memorial service in the West Grand gymnasium accommodated the large number of mourners. Services were handled by Yampa Valley Funeral Home out of Steamboat Springs, which estimated the crowd at between 650 and 700 people.

Family members and close friends watched the services from a seating section on the gym floor while hundreds of students and community members filled the stands and the walkway surrounding the gym.

After a short introduction, JD’s father Eric and his brother Will gave memorial speeches highlighting JD’s memory and his “kind hearted” spirit.

“He was the most happy kid,” said Will. “He was loved and loving.”

JD’s father was moved by the large crowd in attendance saying, “I thank you all for being here. I will never be able to express in words how much we appreciate it.”

A carved wooden memorial bench honoring JD was placed outside the entrance to West Grand High School. Service attendees signed the bench with markers and wrote short comments of encouragement or stories of remembrance.

Guess perished in a traffic accident last Thursday when the pickup truck he was driving went off the left side of Highway 40 near mile marker 160 and roll multiple times down the embankment.

Guess, a high school junior and quarterback for the West Grand High School football team, was driving home from football practice Thursday evening when the accident occurred. Authorities quickly ruled out drugs or alcohol as a factor in the crash.

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