Gregg Theander, who was discovered Aug. 8 stabbed to death in his home, was like a brother to Dave Sheriff, co-owner of HealthStyles Exercise Equipment where Theander was a regional manager and partner. Theander had worked for the Colorado fitness retail chain for 18 years, and the two had worked together at a fitness club prior to that.
“We will all sincerely miss Gregg and his passion for our industry, his depth of knowledge within specialty, his love for his family and children, his teamwork attitude and his always inquisitive thirst for knowledge,” said Sheriff.
“The HealthStyles Exercise Equipment organization is in disbelief,” he added.
After an autopsy Aug. 9, Fort Collins, Colo., police determined the death was a homicide, with the cause being multiple stab wounds to Theander’s torso. A police department statement said officers were continuing its investigation on Aug. 9, canvassing the neighborhood and interviewing those who knew him. No arrests had been made, and police had not named a suspect the day after his body was discovered in his home by a friend, according to police spokeswoman Rita Davis.
Sheriff told SNEWS® the retail business planned to display a letter and photo of Theander in both the Loveland and Fort Collins stores he managed as the Northern Colorado regional manager.
“Gregg, as many of us know, was a true leader and an asset to our industry,” Sheriff said. “Gregg had the personality to make everyone comfortable that he was around and he had the ability to be your friend and support arm, regardless of the request or need.”
Jeff Laborde, marketing and sales manager at HealthStyles supplier Inspire Fitness, told SNEWS, “Gregg will be missed! He was someone I had tremendous respect, not only in our industry, but as a person. He was a friend and a great business partner.”
Recently divorced, Theander and his ex-wife had one daughter, Hope, 10, and a son Lane, 9, plus Theander had four brothers and sisters. Devoted to his children, Theander had photo albums on his Facebook page filled with images of and with his children.
Unrelenting in his passion for staying fit, Theander had worked in the industry for three decades. According to his team bio on the HealthStyles website, he played competitive beach and 6-person volleyball and was an avid runner and cyclist.
The Fort Collins Police Department in an Aug. 9 news release asked that anyone with information related to the homicide to contact Detective Siobhan Jungmeyer, (970) 416-2195, or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County, 970-221-6868 or at www.stopcriminals.org.
-- Therese Iknoian