Dewey L. (Monty) Sheridan, 80, a longtime Moffat County cattle rancher, passed away April, 7, 2013, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
He was born June 14, 1932, to Dewey and Emily Sheridan on a homestead near Cross Mountain. His dad delivered him three days before the midwife arrived. He lived on the family homestead and rode into Sunbeam on his horse daily to attend school. He then caught the bus in Sunbeam to attend high school in Craig.
He was married to Carol Buffham, whom he later divorced. To this union, six children were born: Monty Sheridan, Wanda Estel, Stan Sheridan, Tina Sheridan, Tuffy Sheridan and Rowel Sheridan.
On Dec. 9, 1974, Monty married Ruth L. Mogensen in Wyoming. After their marriage, Monty returned with his bride to their home at Red Wash Ranch by Dinosaur. They resided at Red Wash until 1986, when they moved to the Snake River Ranch. They continued to run the ranch at Snake River, but because of health reasons, they chose to purchase a home west of Craig in 2004.
Throughout Monty’s many years of ranching and gathering wild horses, there were three documentaries made about him. One of which was “The Cowboys,” produced by Bill Moyer. This film was played on PBS and National Geographic Channel in 1976.
As recently as last year, Wayne Ewing, the photographer, continued to shoot films for Monty and Ruth’s personal viewing pleasure. The latest was of Monty shipping his cows to market, which should be delivered to Ruth within the next few months.
Stories about Monty were published in two books: “The Grass Roots People,” written and photographed by Nancy Wood with Monty’s photo appearing on the front page of The New York Times, and “Blue Mountain Folk,” written by Doris Burton.
Monty had a deep love for ranching and the great outdoors, especially with his cattle dog, Millie.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Sheridan; brother Bobby Sheridan, of Texas; sister Lillian McAnnaly, of Grand Junction; sons Monty Sheridan, of Wambsetter, Wyo., Stan Sheridan and Tuffy Sheridan, of Rangely, and Rowel Sheridan, of Blue Mountain; daughters Wanda Estel, of Rangley, and Tina Sheridan, of Colorado Springs; grandson Jesse, who helped them with the ranch and day-to-day life, and Travis Walsh, whom Monty thought of as his grandson, as well as numerous other grandchildren; and of course, his beloved cow dog, Millie.
Monty was preceded in death by Russell Walsh, whom Monty also thought of as his grandson.
A memorial service was April 13, 2013, at the Apostolic Lighthouse in Craig. A graveside service was April 14, 2013, at the family ranch.
In lieu of flowers, it was his wish that any donations be made to the Moffat County Humane Society, P.O. Box 455, Craig, CO 81626.