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David Sullivan

August 14, 1925 — January 31, 2021

David C. Sullivan August 14, 1925 – January 31, 2021

There’s a star burning a little brighter as another good ole cowboy was called home. David Sullivan was born August 14, 1925 in Platteville, CO. He was the youngest of six children born to Clarence and Gladys (Fenton) Moore. After losing his mother at an early age, David and two of his sisters were placed in the Colorado Home for Dependent Children. Six years later, in 1936, he was placed with Frank and Mary Sullivan. They summered sheep in the Vallecito area and wintered at the ranch in Bloomfield, NM. He went through ninth grade in Bloomfield. In 1941, he officially joined the Sullivan family, gaining two brothers. He lived on the ranch until 1952, when he married Alicia Mergelman and adopted her son, Charles. For three years they lived at Angel Peak where he worked for El Paso Natural Gas. November 1955 found the family moving to Allison, CO to a ranch they bought form Wallace McAfee. Four daughters were born to David and Alicia; Patricia, Peggy, Roxanne and Sherry. He continued to ranch until he was almost 90 years old.

He was active in the community serving on Basin Co-op Board of directors for 30 years, 4-H Catch-It committee for 16 years, and 54 years on the Spring Creek Ditch Board and Cattleman’s. David and Alicia served a combined 46 years with La Plata County 4-H. He received Agriculturist in 1995 and Western Heritage Service Award also. His cattle received many rewards.

He was preceded in death by Alicia, Patricia, Charles, five sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are Peggy Rieke (Steve) Ignacio, CO, Roxanne Gillenwater (Alan) Bayfield, CO, and Sherry Frizzell (David) Elizabeth, CO.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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