LTC (Ret) Holley Dean Bradley

November 16, 1935February 24, 2019
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LTC Ret. Holley D. Bradley died at home at the age of 83, on February 24, 2019, surrounded by family.

Holley is survived by his bride of 60 years, Martha, daughter, Elizabeth (Michael) Moe, son-in-law, Johannes Myrdal Valtysson, and his granddaughter Sabrina Valtysson. His parents, Holly and Dolores Bradley, and his daughter, Terry Valtysson, preceded him in death.

Holley served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1982. He received his regular Army commission in Armor, then transferred to the Military Police. He also was in the Criminal Investigations Division, and a dog-training officer. He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded several medals, including the Bronze Star. Among his military education, he attended the Command and General Staff College and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police College. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Holley accepted a position with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Red Davis hired him with many important mandates; one of which was to create an effective firearms program/policy, which would protect the deputies, as well as the public. This exemplary program became a model throughout the State of Colorado. During his tenure with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office he served as the Detention Bureau Chief and the Law Enforcement Bureau Chief. He remained an active volunteer firearms instructor after his retirement in 1997.

When he was not serving his country or community, he enjoyed being with his family and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 6th at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S US Hwy 85/87, Fountain, Colorado 80817, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be Thursday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs 80903.

Graveside Committal Service with Army Honors will at 2:00 p.m., at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Rd, Colorado Springs 80925.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund or Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care.


  • Martha Bradley, Wife
  • Elizabeth Moe, Daughter
  • Michael Moe, Son-in-law
  • Johannes Myrdal Valtysson, Son-in-law
  • Sabrina Valtysson, Granddaughter
  • Dolores Bradley, Mother
  • Holly Bradley, Father
  • Terry Valtysson, Daughter


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 7, 2019

LTC (Ret) Holley Dean Bradley

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Randy, Vicky & Dominic Bowen

March 8, 2019

For over 20 years, my family and I have been blessed to be considered part of the Bradley’s extended family. During this time, I was able to see the two sides of a wonderful man who my family and I loved dearly.

Whether you knew him as Lt. Colonel Bradley, Captain Bradley, Major Bradley, or Sir, you grew to respect him, and his unique way of getting his point across.

I was both honored and humbled to assist in the design, construction and operation of the “Major Bradley Firearms Training Facility” located at the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Range located on Ft. Carson. I believe this was a fitting tribute to man who gave so much of himself to both the United States Army and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

He challenged us all to be better than “Good”. He loved his troops, and constantly reminded us of our responsibility to them as Range Masters and Instructors, and the consequences if we failed.

We all learned a great deal from this man, but the most important lesson was to strive to instruct with his passion and sincerity.

I know in my heart that this passion and sincerity has saved countless lives of deputies, whether directly by his instruction or by an instructor who was mentored by him.

This is his legacy, and for that, we are forever grateful.

A Wonderful Man, A Leader of Men, He will be missed…
But Not Forgotten

Patricia (patty) Feese

March 4, 2019

Capt Bradley was such an inspiration for me in the Sheriffs training academy. He was such a great leader! He made feel like I could succeed at anything and he had my back to keep me from falling. I loved that man like a father! God bless him and family.

Steve Fowler

March 3, 2019

I consider the impact LTC Bradley had on his Army family and law enforcement family as most significant. I served with him at EPSO on the firearms instruction team and fondly remember his professionalism and exceptional sense of humor. Rest easy my friend.

Cynthia Ayyad

February 28, 2019

Major B. taught me how shoot a gun. He did it with razor sharp wit and humor. I can see him now, sitting on the upturned bucket, spitting out some chew while he critiqued your shots! I've never laughed so hard! Everyone in the Office who met him have been touched with his generosity and humor. God I'll miss him!!!

Bill Burns

February 27, 2019

I had the pleasure of serving with Holley Bradley during his service with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. He was a mentor and leader. He honored me when he pinned my sergeant stripes on me. I always appreciated his sense of humor and honesty. He will be greatly missed.

tom hanna

February 26, 2019

I have know Holley (then going by Dean) since we were in the 2nd grade at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School on US 66 in Tulsa. we were friends all through grade school and then Junior High and spent time in the Boy Scouts together before going to OMA. I remember him as good and friendly, man and boy, He was an outstanding student and athlete. I have no doubt he was a fine officer and did well as in his other pursuits in later life. I regret we have not seen each other since the 50's.

Martha please accept my sincerest condolences and I hope you and your family are well.