Obituary: John Brice Sheriff |

Obituary: John Brice Sheriff

John Brice Sheriff was born May 25, 1926, in Denver, Colo., to Glenn and Adaline Morgan Sheriff. His whole life revolved around operating the Sheriff Ranch, which was homesteaded by his great-grandmother and grandfather in 1881.

He attended 12 years of school in Hot Sulphur Springs in the building that now houses the Grand County Museum. John served his country in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1944 through 1946. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the Japanese signed the surrender, ending World War II.

Three days later he walked through the rubble of the city which he described as a “flattened landscape.” After being discharged, John returned to Colorado and attended Colorado Agricultural College (now CSU) in Fort Collins for two years.

On Oct. 16, 1949, John married Ida Marte in the little log church in Granby. They had two children, Steven Lee (Christine) of Colombia Mo., daughter Carolyn Sue of Grand Lake and two beautiful grand-daughters, Anne Christine of Fort Collins and Sarah Elizabeth of St. Louis, Mo.

John was a life member of the VFW Post 9374 also American Legion Post 0088, Charter member of the WW II National Museum, a member of Middle Fork Stock Growers and the Grand County Historical Association.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at the Sheriff Ranch, Hot Sulphur Springs.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in his memory to the Grand County Historical Association, PO Box 165, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451.

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