John Roy Shaffer, age 66, passed away on December 5, 2011, in his Arroyo Grande, Calif. home. John was born Dec. 29, 1944 in Fruita, Colo. to Margaret Jeanne (Parker) and Cecil Burdette Shaffer.
In 1963, John graduated from Moab’s Grand County High School, where he was an all-state football player, honor society member, and senior class vice-president.
John spent much of his life working in the cattle business, beginning with his family’s Colorado ranch and a degree in animal science from Fresno State University. His early career included work for Cattlefax and managing several ranches in Colorado and Nevada. In the 1980s, he was part owner/partner of Cattle Services Corporation in Colorado and Red River Feedyard in Arizona.
Later in life, John continued to work in the horse and cattle business in a variety of capacities, as well as designing kitchens and cabinetry.
A Colorado cowboy, John was known by his family and friends to be a versatile entrepreneur, as well as an excellent horseman and country-western dancer. He was also a consummate gentleman who knew no strangers, often striking up friendly conversations with others wherever he found himself.
John is survived by his brother, Tom, and his wife Nancy; his sister, Elaine and her husband, David; his daughter, Stacy, her husband Genaro, and their children Micaela and Narito; his daughter, Heather, and her husband Chip; his daughter, Shannon and her son Julian; and his son, John Parker (JP). He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews living throughout the U.S. and abroad.
A burial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo., on Saturday, Dec.17.