John T. Brelsford, 83, passed away Feb. 14, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Born in Dines, Wyo., on Sept. 15, 1929, to John and Emma Brelsford. Preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, June Smith. Survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Cynthia D. Smith; sons, Michael J. (JoDee) Brelsford and Max F. Ewing; grandchildren, Erin McAuliffe, Desiree (Dean Jacquez) Madril, J.D. McAuliffe; great-granddaughter, Dejah Jacquez; nephew, Rob Smith; and niece, Nancy Hansen. He graduated from Trinidad High School in 1948, and joined the U.S. Navy as a Fire Controlman. After the Navy, he worked for Mountain Bell, retiring in 1987. He also worked for Alamosa County as the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. John served as Assistant Chief on the Alamosa Fire Department, and was PER of Alamosa Lodge No. 1097 BPOE. He was the recipient of the Vail Medal of Honor. He loved hunting, fishing, carpentry, and being outdoors. At his request, cremation with no service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alamosa Fire Department in care of Tony Bobicki, 1402 Second St., Alamosa, CO 81101. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Kay,
    I have lost track of you through the years but the name Brelsford rang a bell when I first read it. I am sorry for your loss and pray that your faith in God will ease your pain. I am still in Blanca in the summer so maybe our paths will cross again sometime.

  2. Dear Kay, so sorry to hear about John. God bless you and your family, may your time with him and all your fond memories comfort you! You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers Kay. Love Bertie Lou Martin Smith

  3. Dear Kay and Family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May fond memories help to ease the pain in your heart during your days of sorrow. With deepest sympathy,

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