W.T.
W.T. "Bill" Shearer

November 7, 1939 - January 13, 2018
Born in Palo Alto, California
Resided in Brighton, Colorado
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W.T. "Bill” Shearer, age 78, of Brighton, Colorado, passed away on January 13, 2018.

Bill was born in Palo Alto, California on November 7, 1939.

He received his bachelor’s degree in police science and administration from Cal State Los Angeles and his master's degree in public administration from University of Southern California. Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1957 serving with the Seagoing Marines and as a Military Policeman. Bill completed his tour of duty with an honorable discharge in 1961. Immediately following, Bill joined the Los Angeles Police Department and enjoyed a very successful 20 year career, retiring at the rank of Captain. The Shearer family moved to Colorado in 1981 when Bill was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Montrose. Bill graduated from the FBI National Academy Class 136 in 1984. In 1987, Bill accepted the position of Division Chief for the new administration of the Adams County Sheriff's Office. In 1994, Bill was elected as the Sheriff of Adams County and served two full terms, beginning in 1995 and retiring in 2003.

Bill continued as an adjunct professor for over 10 years, imparting his years of wisdom and experience to hundreds of criminal justice students. Bill's heart and passion for law enforcement never wavered. In addition to his professional career his love of horses was evident from childhood throughout his entire life. Bill's strong faith carried him through the challenges in life, especially at his time of death.

Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife, LuzMaria (Banuelos) Shearer; sons, John (Debbie) Shearer and James "Jim" (Carlee) Shearer; 6 grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Jessica, Ty, Mark, Travis (fiancé, Danielle); siblings, Janet Schaefer, Lynn Whitaker, Beverly Holte, Ken Wantland, and Barbara Richardson; and a host of extended family, loyal colleagues and friends. Bill often said, "While I was a policeman for 40 years, I'm a Marine my entire life." Semper Fidelis, Bill.

Visitation will be Friday, January 26, 2018, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 9998 Grant Street (100th and Grant Street), Thornton, Colorado 80229.

Vigil Service and Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday, January 26, 2018, beginning at 6:30 PM, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 178 South 6th Avenue, in Brighton, Colorado 80601.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27, 2018, beginning at 11:00 AM, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 178 South 6th Avenue, in Brighton, Colorado 80601.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's name to:
Adams County Sheriff's Foundation
332 North 19th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado 80601
www.adcosheriffsfoundation.org

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Visitation
Horan & McConaty - Thornton
9998 Grant St.
Thornton, CO US 80229
Friday, January 26, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Recitation of the Rosary/Vigil Service
St. Augustine Catholic Church
178 South 6th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado USA 80601
Friday, January 26, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Funeral Mass
St. Augustine Catholic Church
178 South 6th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado USA 80601
Saturday, January 27, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Charities

Adams County Sheriff's Foundation
332 North 19th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado USA 80601