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Grand River Health physician dies during hike

Jun 29, 2016

Physician William Bevins.
Credit Grand River Health

The Garfield County Coroner’s office said Wednesday that an emergency department physician has died after a hiking accident near Glenwood Springs. Dr. William Bevins tripped while hiking the Grizzly Creek Trail in Glenwood Canyon on Monday.


  The 59-year-old New Castle resident hit his head on a rock during the accident. Another hiker and the Glenwood Springs Fire Department were not able to revive him.

Dr. Bevins worked in the emergency department at Grand River Health in Rifle. He previously worked at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. His family said in a statement that he had practiced medicine around the world, including Kenya and Central Asia.

The coroner’s office said an autopsy is taking place and the incident is being investigated as an accident. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 2, at New Creation Church in Glenwood Springs.

In related news, the Garfield County Coroner’s office said Wednesday that 49-year-old Jonathan Carl Rounsaville was the man found in the Colorado River near Glenwood Springs on Saturday, June 25.

Investigators do not know the activities of Rounsaville leading up to his death. He may have been fishing, and the coroner’s office is asking that river users either on the Roaring Fork or Colorado rivers report fishing equipment that looks like it was abandoned. Friends reported that Rounsaville did not raft or kayak.