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Martin Etchart

June 14, 1926 - July 21, 2016

Burial Date: July 28, 2016

Vigil & Rosary will be held Wednseday, July 27, 2016 at 6:00pm at St. Mary Catholic Church


Etchart, Martin


Martin Etchart

June 14, 1926 – July 21, 2016


Martin Etchart, a French Basque immigrant came to America’s Uncompahgre Valley on May 12, 1947.  Martin began as a sheepherder and ended as a prominent sheep rancher.


Martin was born in Lasse, France, one of 6 sons born to Fernand and Jeanie (Gomis) Etchart.  After coming to America he returned to his homeland to marry his neighboring sweetheart, Marie Guecaimburu in 1960.  They returned to Colorado and together started their journey in the sheep business.


Martin and Marie had 3 sons, Jean, Ernest and George.  Martin and Marie enjoyed 38 years of marriage until Marie’s passing in 1998.


Martin was preceded in death by all of his brother’s, Arnauld, Emile, Pete, Jean, Michel.  His wife, Marie, their first born son Jean and nephew Ferandio.

He is survived by two sons, Ernest (Chris) Etchart and George (Jackie) Etchart. Three grandson’s Justin, Jacob and Nathan Etchart and one granddaughter Hannah (Fabian) Hightower.   Also surviving are sister in law Anna Etchart of Fruita, nephews David (Donna), Mike (Allison), Joseph (Ellen), John (Sheryl) and Mark (Naomi) Etchart and a niece Mary Ann (Mike) Harper. Sister’s in law, Catherine and Dominica, brother’s in law Peyton and Benniat and niece, Jeanette all who reside in France.

A Vigil & Rosary is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm at St. Mary  Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Montrose. With Rite of Committal to follow at Cedar Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that you donate to The Western Slope Woolgrowers % Kenneth Zahniser,  18024 6353 Road in Montrose Colorado 81403 and Hope West Hospice in memory of Martin and Marie Etchart. Arrangements are under the care of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory.