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Man who died in Marshall Fire identified

Robert Sharpe's family said he grew up in Westminster and had called Boulder home for 40 years.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A man who died in the Marshall Fire in Boulder County is being remembered as "a gregarious and outgoing friend" who loved to travel and dance. 

Family members said Friday that Robert Sharpe, 69, died at his home on Marshall Road.

Investigators working in the 5900 block of Marshall Road found the partial remains of an adult on Wednesday, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said. That address is in unincorporated Boulder County. 

In a statement, Sharpe's family said they were "grateful for the outpouring of support" as they cope with the loss.

Credit: Sharpe family
Robert Sharpe

Sharpe is survived by three brothers, one sister, and many nieces and nephews, his family said in an obituary. 

Sharpe's family said he grew up in Westminster and had called Boulder home for 40 years. He worked in the construction industry and championed many causes over his lifetime, the obituary said.

He was a longtime resident of his home on Marshall Road, first renting it and then buying it. 

"He remodeled his home and was comfortable living there," the obituary says. "He had a life-time ambition to gather as much Sharpe memorabilia as he could find and over the years had amassed thousands of pages of documents that he kept in safes, file cabinets, and boxes. It is believed he died trying to save this collection."

The family has asked that anyone wishing to make donations in Sharpe's memory do so through the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Jan. 2 that two people remained missing after the fire--a man from the Marshall area, who has been identified as Sharpe, and a woman from Superior. The family of 91-year-old Nadine Turnbull said she is among the missing. Her home in Old Town Superior was destroyed, her family said. 

The sheriff's office said their investigation in the 1500 block of South 76th Street in Superior remains ongoing. 

The Marshall Fire, which started Dec. 30, burned 6,026 acres, destroyed 1,084 structures and damaged 149 others. The perimeter of the fire is 100% contained.

Investigators, still working to determine the cause of the fire, continue to eye property tied to a religious sect.

Members of the global religious group Twelve Tribes live near Highway 93 and Marshall Road, where smoke and flames were captured on witness video mid-morning Thursday.

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This week, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle acknowledged the group’s land is tied to the investigation, and stressed it could take weeks or months to find an official cause of the fire.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday that weather has hindered their investigation.

So far, nobody has been charged or accused.  

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