Rancher, former commissioner dies

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John Peroulis, former Moffat County commissioner and community leader, will be laid to rest Friday.

"He could do anything. He was never happier than when he was helping other people," his son Tony Peroulis said.

John Peroulis died May 23 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 76.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, which Peroulis was instrumental in building.

Friends and family said Peroulis specialized in getting things done.

"John was very determined on the things he believed in, and he believed in good hard work," said Neil McCandless, who sat on the Moffat County Board of Commissioners at the same time as Peroulis.

During the two terms Peroulis served as a commissioner, the county established housing for senior citizens, purchased and moved the Lutrell Barn, and completed the planning for Loudy-Simpson Park, McCandless said.

Peroulis was born in Sunnyside, Utah, and moved to Craig with his parents, Harry and Stella Peroulis, in 1934, when he was 7 years old. Peroulis graduated from Moffat County High School in 1945 and was honored by being named to the Torch Honor Society.

Peroulis married Katherine Eliopulos in 1952, and they had four sons, Harry, Louis, Stanley and Tony. They have seven grandchildren.

Peroulis was a lifelong sheep and cattle rancher. He started the business with 918 ewes and increased the herd to 8,000 head.

Peroulis was a president of the Colorado Woolgrowers Association, the Masonic Lodge, the Elks Club and the Colorado Cattleman's Association. He was an honorary member of the Future Farmers of America and served on the board of directors for First National Bank. He served as secretary for the First Soil Conservation District.

The Craig Daily Press named Peroulis Man of the Year in 1976.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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