Victim may have been trying to save family memories when he died

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The family of Robert Sharpe, who was confirmed as a victim of the Marshall Fire, believes he was trying to save as much of his family’s memories as possible when he died as the fire raged through Boulder County. .

The 69-year-old died on December 30, the day of the devastating fire, according to an obituary published by his family on Saturday.

According to his obituary, Sharpe first rented his property and then bought it, then remodeled it and “felt comfortable living there.”

“He had a lifelong ambition to collect as many memories of Sharpe as he could find and, over the years, he had accumulated thousands of pages of documents that he kept in safes, filing cabinets and boxes,” reads the obituary by Sharpe. “It is believed that he died trying to save this collection.”

One of six children, Sharpe’s parents were missionaries from California who moved in 1954 to be part of a church called “Belleview” in Westminster, Colorado.

His parents passed away and Sharpe had a brother who passed away from COVID-19 on December 14.

He loved to travel and dance, and his friends remember him as “sociable and outgoing.” He enjoyed spending time in a self-built teepee that he called his “sweat lodge” and also advocated for various causes.

A celebration of life for Sharpe will be held on January 9 at 1 pm at Belleview College in Westminster.


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