Vista Verde Ranch, Luxury Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
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Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

Gratitude

Date: February 2nd, 2012

Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado Luxury Ranch

Wow, what a week it’s been here at the ranch.  As most all know, we lost a great person in losing Jerry Throgmartin on Sunday, January 22.  His passing was completely unexpected and caught us all very much off guard.  As you can expect, this past week has been one of grieving, logistics, planning, re-evaluating and more grieving.

Visiting with friends and family after the ranch service for Jerry

I headed to Indiana along with Terry, Dace, Beka, and Ben and his family for the services in his hometown.  It was heartwarming to see all his family and friends and be able to see the huge number of people who’s lives have been touched by Jerry.  All that time, Charlie, Bill, Steve, Kelli, Reid and the rest of the crew kept the wheels turning at the ranch.  My amazing crew in the office stepped up and took over as much as possible, for which I am so thankful.  Then, on Sunday we hosted a celebration of life at the ranch.  Over 100 people showed up as Terry, Dace and Ben led the service with music and thoughtful words.   Peggy got to be here with her kids Nicky, Christy and Gregg along with some other family members.  It was a nice way to wrap up a week of mourning with celebration and laughter.

For me, I have come out of the week with an immense amount of gratitude.  I think I can speak for the entire team to this point.  We are grateful for the outpouring of love from friends and family who have circled around all of us to show their support and appreciation for how Jerry left an impact on them.  We are grateful to have such an amazing group of people here at the ranch who have become like family to each of us.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work for a man, and a family, who are so invested in each of us and the vision for the ranch.  We are grateful for the leadership Jerry offered to each of us, and the enthusiasm from the family to continue down the path we’ve  been walking.  We are grateful for the wonderful guests here this last week, who seized the opportunity to enjoy the ranch and celebrate a life well lived with us.  We are grateful for so much, and we are excited now to pick ourselves up and move forward with a man and a mission in mind.  We will continue to do our best to create an amazing experience for our guests and our staff.  We will continue to try to be the best dude ranch out there, knowing that we’re only as good as our efforts.  And we look forward to the road ahead of us, while keeping fond memories of a man who helped steer our course.  We hope you’ll join us on the ride, and know that a wonderful man had a vision that we all get to live out in his honor.

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  1. Matt Zacher Says:

    Very well said, Steph. Keep up the great work. You guys are awesome!

  2. Kim Metzger Says:

    I’m very sorry for your guy’s loss. Jerry was quite the visionary and I am grateful that all of you at the ranch are there to carry out that vision. I am grateful that Tyler and I had the privilege to meet all of you. We had a wonderful time and it’s comforting to know that when we choose to come back it will be just as wonderful as it was the first time. The ranch is a beautiful place but it’s the people that make it special. Thank you guys again and my prayers go out to you and Jerry’s family.

  3. The McIntosh/Yasuda bunchg Says:

    Thanks, Steph, for the moving post. We love you all and hold you in our hearts. Eager to give you hugs in person!

  4. Holly Says:

    Steph, you said this all so beautifully and we join you in our gratitude for having Jerry in our lives.

  5. Kim Says:

    Just wanted you to know we are still thinking of all of you – and glad that through all the grief you are all still looking forward to positive times ahead even though Jerry will be missed. Sending more prayers your way…

    Kim

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