As mentioned in other parts of this site, we bought the Johnson Ranch from Everett Randelman in 1996. I was profoundly effected by this man. He was an eccentric, a tough guy, a smart business man, a patriot, and a kind person all in one. At first I thought he was only interested in making the big bucks, but after a short period of time I found differently. He loved the land and he loved tradition. Without Everett, Crosby Creek Ranch would not be!

Everett died of bone cancer on June 16, 2009 at the age of 73. I will miss him as will many. Below is an obituary I found on the net.

Everett H. Randleman
Died: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Age: 73

Everett H. Randleman, farmer, rancher and excavation company owner, died June 16 at Longmont United Hospital. He was 73 years old.

Those who remain to celebrate his memory include his son, Todd Randleman; wife, Tami of Longmont; daughter, Tori Randleman of Phoenix; and four beloved grandchildren, Shaylah DeViney, Mark Randleman, Jordan Randleman, and Michael Randleman. He is further survived by his sister, Leah Rae Miskol and husband, John, of Aspen; and former wife, Carol (Stewart) Gregory of Santa Fe, N.M. 

A son, Lee Randleman, preceded him in death in April 2009.

Born Nov. 12, 1935 in Boulder to the late Leland Howard and Ruby Jane (Bryngelson) Randleman, he grew up in the Denver area, graduating from Arvada High School in 1954. Everett joined the United States Army in 1956 and served much of his enlistment with the Engineers, involved with the reconstruction efforts in Germany. Upon his discharge he returned home to the Colorado mountains he so loved. He worked in earth moving and excavation, owning several companies along the Front Range. 

He also enjoyed raising cattle and crops on his 2500-acre ranch near Steamboat Springs, and on his farm near Lyons. He held his family and friends close to his heart, loving a good laugh and a quiet night.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Howe Mortuary and Cremation Services of Longmont. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Exempla Lutheran Hospice (Collier Hospice), c/o Lutheran Medical Center Foundation, 8300 West 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 80033. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences with his family at www.howemortuary.com.

Everett is the guy in the ball cap