Obituary: Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn
Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn
July 3, 1943 — July 20, 2016
Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn, 73, died peacefully after a valiant fight against brain cancer at Valley View hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on July 20, 2016, surrounded by those who loved him most.
Mike was born at St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas. An alumni of Wichita University, Mike lived every day of his life to the fullest and touched many people’s hearts. He shared his passions with friends and family alike. His many adventures included being a pilot, race car driver, captain at sea, banker, engineer, restaurant owner, entrepreneur and ordained minister, officiating the marriages of his son Brandon Jocelyn and loved ones Rachel Baumgardner and Tim Dowdeswell. He owned and operated a property management business with his wife Elizabeth in Breckenridge, Colorado. Mike was a stranger to no one and had a special knack for befriending everyone who had the privilege of meeting him.
Mike is preceded in death by his sister Shirley Farley.
Mike is survived by his wife of 24 years, Elizabeth Ann Jocelyn (Grimes); sons Taylor Jocelyn (wife Lydia), Brandon Jocelyn (wife Valerie) and Zachary Jocelyn (wife Tia); daughter Jami-Leone Denise Jocelyn; brothers Steve Jocelyn and Steve Price; grandchildren Shelby and Cameron Jocelyn; and life mentor to Rachel Baumgardner (wife Nikki) and Tim Dowdeswell (wife Wendy).
There will be a celebration of life held at the Jocelyn Ranch on July 30 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center (1906 Blake Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601) and/or the college funds of Mike’s children Zac and Jami (P.O. Box 7492, Breckenridge, CO 80424).
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