Aug 27, 2014 1:45 PM

Colorado sheep farmer killed in ATV crash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Family and friends are gathering to remember a Colorado sheep farmer killed while bringing supplies to his shepherds.

A funeral service is being held Wednesday afternoon for 50-year-old John Wade Bartmann of Greeley at Timberline Church in Fort Collins.

He died Aug. 17 after his ATV rolled and pinned him in a remote part of the Routt National Forest near the Wyoming border.

Steamboat Today 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.

He grazed his sheep in Wyoming's Red Desert in the winter and moved them to Colorado in the summer. He leaves a wife and two children.


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