STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado sheep farmer killed in an ATV crash is being remembered as a hard-working man dedicated to educating future generations about the way of life he loved.
Fifty-year-old John Wade Bartmann of Greeley died Aug. 17 after his ATV rolled and pinned him in a remote part of the Routt National Forest near the Wyoming border while bringing supplies to his Peruvian shepherds. He was found two days later by the shepherds after a search.
A funeral service was planned for him Wednesday at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Steamboat Today (http://bit.ly/YXsPB8) reports that Bartmann was the 2006 Colorado wool grower of the year and was featured in a 2012 New York Times story about the struggles sheep farmers were facing in the midst of the drought and low sheep prices.
According to his obituary, he grazed his sheep in Wyoming's Red Desert in the winter and moved them to the Routt National Forest in the summer. He enjoyed showing his two children the sheep business and going to sheep camp was the highlight of his week, it said.
Bartmann was born in Logan, Utah and grew up in Meeker and Fort Collins in Colorado. He is also survived by his wife, Sherry Bartmann.
Information from: Steamboat Pilot & Today, http://steamboatpilot.com/