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Summit County’s first black sheriff, dies at 72

Robert Allen
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado “-Summit County’s first African-American sheriff died this morning at age 72 after suffering from pneumonia and chronic respiratory problems.

Robert Farris, of Heeney, served as sheriff from 1975 to 1983. He was president of County Sheriffs of Colorado in 1982.

Farris was taken by ambulance Thursday evening to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, then transferred to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where he died at 2 a.m. today, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

He is survived by his sister, Connie McDonald, of Phoenix, and daughter Rosalyn Farris, of Atlanta.

Plans are under way for a local memorial service for Robert Farris.

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