Don Shrull to be grand marshal for New Castle’s Burning Mountain Festival Parade |

Don Shrull to be grand marshal for New Castle’s Burning Mountain Festival Parade

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – This year’s Burning Mountain Festival Parade grand marshal is Don Shrull, who has lived in New Castle for more than 50 years.

Shrull moved to New Castle in 1957 after serving in the Army and the Korean War. He married Barbara James, and they never left New Castle.

Barbara was a local artist, whose works can be seen at various places around New Castle. She passed away in 2003.

Don worked at the Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealership in West Glenwood Springs for close to 30 years. He also worked the ranch that his parents, Otto and Helen Shrull, owned near Harvey Gap Reservoir.

Don was born in Palmer Lake in 1929. His father rode horseback to the Basalt area in 1931 and homesteaded a square mile up East Sopris Creek.

Don attended the old Emma one-room schoolhouse where he rode horseback to school through the eighth grade. He returned to Palmer Lake where he stayed with his grandmother and graduated from Monument High School.

He served on New Castle Town Council in the 1970s and has long been a recognizable character for his popular yard sales in town.

In 1981, the Shrull family home burned down after a fire started near the railroad tracks.

Don, 80, has always been known for his neighborly friendliness and willingness to help out anyone in need. He has two sons, Jim and Dale, three granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. Dale is managing editor of the Post Independent.

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