Marsha and John Daughenbaugh will be the grand marshals of the Fourth of July Parade today in Steamboat Springs. The parade starts at 10 a.m. along Lincoln Avenue. The theme is 'Steamboat Seasons : Celebrating the Beauty.'

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Marsha and John Daughenbaugh will be the grand marshals of the Fourth of July Parade today in Steamboat Springs. The parade starts at 10 a.m. along Lincoln Avenue. The theme is 'Steamboat Seasons : Celebrating the Beauty.'

Local ranchers to lead parade down Lincoln Avenue today

Daughenbaughs to serve as grand marshals for Fourth of July event

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— The Obamas probably are busy this weekend, John "Doc" Daughenbaugh joked, explaining why he and his wife were chosen as parade grand marshals.

Doc and Marsha Daughenbaugh are scheduled to lead today's Fourth of July Parade on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. The two weren't sure Thursday what their duties would entail, and they didn't have big plans to dress up, shake hands or kiss babies.

"I'm not running for office," Doc Daughenbaugh said.

They were nominated by Sandy Evans Hall, executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The Chamber and the Cowboy Roundup Days committee choose the grand marshals, she said.

"It was primarily for the work that they've done with the agricultural alliance and what they've brought to the valley with cultural heritage tourism and the multiple generations they have in ranching," Evans Hall said.

The Daughenbaughs represent the core of what Cowboy Roundup Days is all about: celebrating the ranching heritage of the area, she said. The couple will ride in the front of the parade and then sit on the judges' stand and watch.

Marsha Daughenbaugh said she figured the ranching ties earned the couple the honor. She's the executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance, and the family runs a ranch on the lower Elk River.

The property is about eight miles from Steamboat on Routt County Road 44. At least part of the land has been in Marsha Daughenbaugh's family since 1946, when her father, Raymond Gray, bought it. She represents the third of five generations to live in Routt County.

Gray moved to the area with his family in 1939. His parents were John and Sena Baalhorn. Marsha's mother's parents, Richard and Gladys Paine, moved to the area in 1937.

Doc Daughenbaugh grew up on a dairy farm in Punxsutawney, Pa.

"I knew from the time I was about 5 or 6 years old, I was moving to Colorado when I was old enough," he said.

Now, Marsha and Doc live on the ranch with Gray; their daughter Adonna Allen and her husband, Troy; and the Allens' two children. Doc Daughenbaugh and Troy Allen manage the ranch, Marsha said.

"We don't own any cattle of our own," she said. "We bring cattle in to graze them for the summer months. We take care of them, but we also put up quite a bit of hay, and that's what Doc and Troy manage."

Doc moved to Steamboat in 1971 after serving in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He's a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Doc and Marsha married in 1973.

"My life has been better since then," he said with a smile.

The two also have ties to recreation in Steamboat. In winter, Doc Daughenbaugh works in security at the Steamboat Ski Area. He's been doing so for more than 25 years.

He said he likes the agricultural and the snowy sides of life in town.

"I enjoy the people up there immensely," Doc Daughenbaugh said about the ski area. "That's one of the best parts of working up there."

The two also are members of the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. They host picnics at the ranch for groups they're involved in, and Marsha said they still plan to have their annual Fourth of July picnic after the parade. That's been going on for about three decades, she said.

The Daughenbaughs said they were honored to be selected as grand marshals.

"We decided it was a pretty cool thing," Marsha Daughenbaugh said.

Her husband agreed.

"I really am kind of surprised and humbled about this," Doc Daughenbaugh said.

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