John Marshall Sayre, Jr.

December 15th, 1951March 20th, 2020

John Marshall Sayre, Jr., 68, of Denver Colorado passed away peacefully at Denver North Care Center on Friday, March 20, 2020 of a long-term illness. Born in Boulder, Colorado on December 15, 1951, he was the son of the late John Marshall Sayre and the late Jean Miller Sayre. In 1976, he married Jannett Trevor Downer in New York City where they both worked in banking. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1997.

Mr. Sayre was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1970) and Stanford University (class of 1974). He earned his Master’s in Business Administration at Columbia Business School in 1979 and pursued a career in finance with a focus on banking and financial planning.

His passions included skiing, gardening, reading history, and the Denver Broncos. As a young man he enjoyed selling hardware at Valentine’s Hardware store in Boulder, Colorado and hiking in the outdoors. As a native Coloradoan, he was very proud of his Western roots and of his father’s career as a water lawyer who helped establish water laws in Colorado and the West.

Mr. Sayre’s greatest passion was for his three children, Julia, Joe, and Charlie, who spent much time in recent years visiting him with their children at Denver North Care Center.

He was preceded in death by his sister Ann Sayre Taggart. He is survived by his brothers Henry M. (Sandra) Sayre of Bend, Oregon and C. Franklin Sayre of Palm Springs, California; former wife Jannett Downer (Angus) McIntyre of Manchester-by-the Sea, Massachusetts; children Julia Jannett Donnelly of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, Joseph Marshall Sayre of New York, New York., and Charles Tucker Sayre of Denver, Colorado; two daughter’s-in-law Blake Ellis and Anna Hansen Sayre; a son-in-law, Michael Edward Donnelly; five grandchildren, Sara Jannett Donnelly, Meghan Diane Donnelly, Charles Michael Donnelly, John Eero Sayre, and Avery Marshall Sayre; nephews John and Robert Sayre, Chris and Matthew Taggart, and niece Victoria Taggart.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Denver North Care Center, 2201 North Downing Street, Denver, CO 80205. Burial will be private.









So sad to read in the paper this morning, that John had passed. We are still young in my mind. I grew up with him, here in Boulder, Colorado. His parents and my parents were the best of friends. I knew the entire family well. Once he left our local public school, for an east coast education, sadly, our paths did not cross again. He was beyond smart, very witty, amazingly interesting and full of care and compassion. We spent a lot of time together during our formative years, when Boulder was a small town, and everyone knew each other. Growing up together, he was full of life and enjoyed the prospect of each new day. Our families were intertwined for years. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to his surviving family. May he rest in peace. LLB
Dear Jean, Julia, Joe and Charlie, I ran into Wendy on the canal who told me of John's death. We are deeply sorry for all of you and will hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I didn't realize until yesterday that he had passed. Much love, All the Clutes