Obituary: John Brice Sheriff |

Obituary: John Brice Sheriff

John Brice Sheriff was born May 25, 1926, in Denver 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 the 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 Granby. They had two children, Steven Lee (Chris) of Colombia Mo., daughter Sue of Grand Lake and two granddaughters.

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 Grand County Cattleman’s Association and the Grand County Historical Association.

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

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at the Sheriff Ranch later this summer. For more information you can visit his webpage at

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