1935 - June 13, 2008
Robert "Grant" Bryan died June 13, 2008 at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction, at the age of 73.
Grant was born April 4, 1935 to Thomas and Marjorie (Crowley) Bryan in Kremmling. His mother was on a train to Denver from Steamboat Springs when the train had to make a sudden stop in Kremmling so Grant could make his entrance. He was born a few doors away from the train station in a log cabin. He grew up in Steamboat Springs with six sisters and one brother.
At the age of 15, the wandering genes kicked in again and he decided to ride barebacks and saddlebroncs in the rodeo. During his time in the rodeo, he visited places such as Phoenix, Memphis, Tucson, Cheyenne, El Paso, Denver and Fort Worth to name a few.
In 1954, he won the bareback division in Denver, competing against 106 other contestants. In 1955, Grant went on to win the Saddlebronc Championship in Madison Square Garden in New York. He was a member of the American Cowboy Association and the Rodeo Cowboy Association based out of Denver.
The traveling did not stop. In 1958, Grant joined the Marines in the Air Wing Division. During his time in the military, Grant was the Sixth Fleet Champion for Cribbage and had the opportunity to fly from ship to ship to engage in these competitions. He played in Barcelona, Spain and Athens. During his time in the military, he picked up Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and John Glenn and took them to the USS Lake Champlain, USS Randolph and the USS Enterprise, respectively.
Grant is survived by sisters, Gretchen Johnson of Palisade, Lurae Vanek of Ithaca, N.Y., Betty Bershinsky of Hartshorne, Okla., and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life took place Monday, June 16, 2008 at the Snell-McLean Funeral Home in Palisade.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the D.A.V. 2121 North Ave., Grand Junction, Colorado 81501.