Just after 8 a.m. [Sunday], officers responded to a report of a man found dead in the 5000 block of 28th St. in unincorporated Boulder County.
The 59-year-old homeless man was found behind an unoccupied building, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
The death does not appear suspicious, according to the sheriff’s office, which is investigating the death along with the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.
The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of relatives and the completion of the investigation.
I knew this man. Recently, he’d been walking over to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless from his campsite — just a stone’s throw away from mine — every morning before the doors open at 6AM. When I returned to the 4900 block of N. Broadway yesterday morning, I saw the BCSO deputies and what looked like it could have been the coroner’s van parked at the vacant house on the other side of U.S. 36; I immediately knew that someone had died over there, and I guessed who it was based on his history of seizures (at least twice each month during our acquaintance since last October).
I admired J. because he never hesitated to call it as he saw it — despite being a short, skinny guy. He’d tell some transient knucklehead right to his face, “You’re a f***ing idiot!” if that was what the situation called for . . . After all, Boulder is full of misguided do-gooders telling these scurvy characters how great they are and how much they’re entitled to grab for free. I felt like J. was a kindred spirit of mine, and I shall miss him.
BTW, kudos to the DC for using the term “homeless man” in the headline rather then lumping J. in with the transients who come here and cause almost all of the problems we’re facing with homelessness today. He and I and so many of the rest of us homeless people are residents of Boulder County, even if we live outdoors here.
When my time comes, I hope I’ll also die outdoors as a free man.