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Jimmy Richard Wade Grimmett

Jimmy Richard Wade Grimmett, longtime Sundance, Wyoming, resident and a former law enforcement officer and educator, died August 14, 2022, after a brief illness. He was 74.

Grimmett was born September 18, 1947, in Batesville, Arkansas, the youngest of four children of Cecil Whitfield Grimmett and Mildred Opal Stone.

He graduated from Oxford High School and the University of Central Arkansas, where he met his future wife, Josie Ragland, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

After college, he became a highway patrol officer with the Arkansas State Police. He and Josie married on November 27, 1968, and they lived in Conway, Western Grove, Batesville and North Little Rock.

After the birth of their daughter, Stephanie Wynne Grimmett, in 1980, the couple moved to Wyoming, where he served as a highway patrolman based in Sundance.

Grimmett left law enforcement in 1988 and became an educator, teaching special education to Native American students in several tribal-operated schools in South Dakota and Montana until his retirement ten years later.

Grimmett was an avid reloader and hunter, whose favorite memories were of camping and hunting in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bobby and sister, Barbara Jean.

In addition to wife Josie, of Sundance and daughter Stephanie, of Baltimore, Maryland, he is survived by a brother, Jack, of Oxford, Arkansas.

Remains were cremated. Memorial plans are pending.