Sidles, a decorated vet found deceased
On April 29 around 5:30 p.m. Grand County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Welfare Check at a residence in Parshall. The resident, 34-year-old Dan Sidles, had not been seen or heard from in the past two days. Deputies found Sidles, deceased, inside of his apartment and it appeared he had taken his own life.
Sidles suffered from PTSD and was a highly decorated Marine Combat Veteran that had served in battles in and near Fallujah. Duane Daily, Veteran’s Assistance Coordinator for Grand County, and Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Stradley had both been working with Sidles and been helping him cope with some of his service related issues. When Sidles passed away, there was no family involvement in planning a memorial service for him and he had no known local friends. Duane Daily and Jesse Stradley began planning a local memorial service to commemorate Sidles’ life and military service, and were contacted by Sidles’ sister in Iowa. His sister said she would like to come to Colorado to take part in the memorial service and take her brother’s remains home.
On Monday, May 2, Daily, the Coroner’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from friends, and Marine Veterans who served with Sidles, from several states. By Monday afternoon, word of the small Memorial Service Daily and Stradley had planned was spreading and a memorial page was posted on Facebook.
By Tuesday, May 3, the number of people that were coming to the service had grown to a possible 40 to 50 people, with a possibility of more flying in from other states.
The Sheriff’s Office and Daily assisted several of Sidles’ close friends with travel arrangements and lodging to attend the service and assisted in coordinating a reception following the service.
The Daniel Sidles Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the Hot Sulphur Springs Cemetery with a reception for his sister and close friends following.
This service is a tribute to a fallen Marine and his service to his country.
Special thanks to Duane Daily and Jesse Stradley for initiating this memorial service without knowing the far reaching impact it would have on his military family and friends. Also, the Grand County Coroner’s Office, Mountain Beast MMA gym, the Granby Police Department, the Winter Park Pub, and everyone else who has helped organize this memorial service on very short notice.
For more information on Sidles’ life, see his Facebook Page or the memorial posting at Dan Sidles Memorial on Facebook.
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