William "Mike" Graeff, who had worked for the citizens of Elbert County since 1983, died in his sleep early on the morning of Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving, the county announced.
Graeff served 28 years as the elected Elbert County coroner and at the time of his death held the position of deputy coroner. His wife, Sandy Graeff, is the current coroner.
"My heart goes out to Sandy and all that held Mike dear,” County Commissioner Chris Richardson said in a written statement. “Not only was he a longtime county official but he also served as a volunteer fireman, Elizabeth Fire Rescue District board member, and board member of the Colorado Coroners Association. He was a true public servant and a positive presence in our community. I know I speak for all of Elbert County when I say that he will be sorely missed.”
A message from the county invited the public to join elected officials and county staff "in praying for Mike and his family and keeping them in your hearts this Thanksgiving weekend."
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