Marshal Francis A. ColcloughDied on August 7, 1912
Midvale Police Department
Night Marshal Colclough was shot to death during an attempted armed robbery. In the late evening hours, the 55-year-old victim conducted a business check on the Vienna Saloon. As the victim was discussing with the bartender the robbery of a nearby saloon, two armed men entered and announced a holdup. Marshal Colclough and one of the armed robbers were mortally wounded during the pitched gun battle that ensued. A second robber escaped. A suspect was eventually arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to prison. However, this sentence was overturned in 1914 by the Utah Supreme Court. The suspect was not retried. Marshal Colclough was married and the father of four grown children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Sandy Police Alliance, FOP Lodge 21.
Five months later, the fiancé of Marshal Colclough’s daughter, Midvale Special Officer William C. Nelson, was also murdered in the line of duty.