December 17, 2005
Betty Mason died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005.
Betty moved to Aspen with her husband, Bill, in 1953. They bought the Norway Lodge at the base of Lift 1, and Bill was the first director of the Aspen Ski School as well as a co-founder Mason & Morse. Betty was a very active volunteer; she started the Blue Ladies at the hospital and was involved with the Aspen Music Festival and School. The couple were also active in Christ Episcopal Church.
They retired to Arizona in 1986 but returned often, keeping a condo at the Snowmass Club until a few years ago.
Betty lived her life the way she faced her illness - with courage, dignity and resilient strength. She was passionate about her societal contributions and above all else had an enormously strong, giving spirit that sustained her as well as all she loved. Her family is grateful for the memories left, her extraordinary personality, her exemplary character and kindness. She leaves an immeasurable void.
Left to cherish her memory and sustain her spirit are her devoted husband, William "Bill" C. Mason of Sun City West, Ariz.; her daughter and son-in-law Jill and Bill Whitener of Niwot; her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Bill Autrey of Surprise, Ariz.; and her grandchildren William "Billy" R. Gaskins, Mason M. Whitener and Duncan R. and Jacqueline T. Autrey.
A celebration of her life will be held Monday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m., at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, Ariz. A reception will immediately follow the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mayo Foundation at 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259, in memory of Betty Mason, for ovarian cancer research at Mayo Clinic, Ariz.
Matthew Thomas Jankovsky
August 6, 2005
Matthew Thomas Jankovsky of Boulder died with his family gathered around him on Aug. 1 at Denver Health Medical Center's Rocky Mountain Trauma Center in Denver. He was 21 years old.
Matt suffered a severe brain injury while riding a longboard skateboard in Broomfield on July 21. He passed away after receiving fabulous care for 11 days from EMTs, air ambulance staff, neurosurgeons, doctors, surgeons and nurses. Matt's family is grateful for the care Matt received, which allowed them the time to be with Matt and say goodbye.
Matt was born in a log cabin on Aug. 19, 1983, in Juneau, Alaska, and moved with his family to Glenwood Springs when he was 2 years old. He attended Aspen Community School, Glenwood Springs Middle School and graduated in 2001 from Glenwood Springs High School. In July 2005, he received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Matt was extremely well-loved. He was on the Sunlight and Colorado Rocky Mountain School ski teams. He was an extreme skier and kayaker. He was a river guide for Up Tha Creek in Glenwood, was a lifeguard at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and most recently lifeguarded for the city of Boulder Recreation Department. He was an accomplished artist and won a Glenwood Springs Art Guild scholarship and the principal's award from Glenwood Springs High School Principal Mike Wells, who purchased one of Matt's drawings that hangs in the high school.
Matt is survived by his mother, Liz Meador, and father, Tom Jankovsky, both of Glenwood Springs, his two sisters, Bridget Jankovsky and Eva Jankovsky of Glenwood Springs, his large extended family, and many friends who loved him.
Matt will be cremated, and his ashes scattered in the places he loved the most: Colorado's mountains and rivers, and in the ocean off the Del Mar, Calif., coastline, at his family's ranch in San Diego.
A memorial service honoring Matt's life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m., at Sunlight Mountain Resort. People are asked to bring a blanket since the service will be outside. Shrimp tacos and pie will be served, Matt's favorite things to eat. There will also be an art exhibit of Matt's work.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Matt's name to Wilderness Workshop, PO Box 1442, Carbondale, CO 81623, dedicated to preserving Colorado wilderness, or Stepstone Center for Social Justice, 711 Main St., Carbondale, CO 81623.
A memorial fund account in Matt's name has been set up at American National Bank, 2624 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO. 81601.
Patrick Dennis Richards
December 17, 2005
Patrick Richards died at his home in Basalt on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005. He was 56 years old.
Patrick was a longtime resident of Aspen and the former owner of the Village Pantry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
His passions included fly fishing, skiing and spending time in the mountains and Mexico. He was a beloved brother and friend and will be greatly missed.
Patrick is survived by his sister Stephanie Tyler of Sandy, Ore., and brothers John Richards of Pendleton, Ore., and Mike Richards of Vancouver, Wash.
A memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. at El JeBowl in El Jebel.
Tracy Kay McLain
December 20, 2005
Tracy McLain died in a car accident near Basalt on Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. She was 45 years old.
She was born on June 24, 1960, in Denver, to Doug and Arlyce McLain. Tracy lived in the Roaring Fork Valley all of her life.
Tracy was a brilliant musician, forming her own band at the age of 17. She played with many of the musicians in this area, as well as in several states. She also recorded several CDs. More recently, Tracy had become a beloved guitar teacher for many Basalt, Aspen and Carbondale school students. She enjoyed their musical accomplishments in the concerts that she presented.
Tracy was an accomplished equestrienne, going to state high school finals in barrel racing and winning many championships. She also taught western riding and barrel racing. One of her greatest pleasures was being on horseback and riding in the wilderness.
Her two precious daughters, Kelley and Chelsea, were the biggest joys in her life. They were the loves and light of her life, and she gave her unselfish devotion to them. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Tracy is survived by her daughters, Kelley and Chelsea Scrivens; mother, Arlyce Kaufman; father, Doug McLain; sisters Pamela and Afton McLain; brother, Travis McLain; and her former husband, Paul Scrivens. She was preceded in death by her sister Julie McLain.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Basalt Middle School Auditorium, 51 School St. in Basalt.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to any Alpine Bank, to the Tracy McLain Educational Fund for Kelley and Chelsea Scrivens, or mailed to 0016 Pi�on Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
December 22, 2005
Jeannilynn Chavez died at Valley View Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005. She was 45 years old.
She was born in El Dorado, Ill., to George and Mary Ruth (Skelton) James on Feb. 4, 1960. She worked as a housekeeping supervisor in the resort industry in the area. She is survived by her husband, Geronimo Chavez, her son Geronimo Chavez Jr., her daughter Mariaelena Chavez, her brother Donnie James, her sister Beth (James) Casillas, and Jessie Chavez. She is also survived by six grandchildren.
Viewing will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Chapel at 405 W. Seventh St., in Glenwood Springs, followed by a rosary from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 1885 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
EvaLyn Marie Baker
December 23, 2005
EvaLyn Marie Baker died Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction following an automobile accident. She was 18 years old.
She was born on July 6, 1987, to James A. Baker Sr. and Tereasa Marie (Koch) Baker in Puyallup, Wash. She was a student at Yampa Mountain High School, and had completed her requirements for her diploma, which will be awarded posthumously in the spring. She worked for local attorney Ted Hess while attending school and caring for her son, Bryan, who was the love of her life. She was a dedicated mother and the joy of her family and friends.
EvaLyn is survived by her son, Bryan Anthony Baker, 19 months; her father, James A. Baker Sr. and his wife, Sandy, of Aspen; her mother, Tereasa M. (Koch) Baker of Glenwood Springs; her brothers, Cpl. James A. Baker Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps and Benjamin L. Baker; her sister Cpl. Cassandra Baker of the U.S. Marine Corps; her grandparents, James Baker of Oregon City, Ore., and Laurn and Sandra Koch of Ridgefield, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at Mountain View Church of Glenwood Springs, 2195 CR 154. The Rev. David Pearson will officiate. A reception will follow upon the completion of the graveside service, at Yampa Mountain High School, 695 Red Mountain Drive in Glenwood Springs. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Chapel, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to one of two memorial funds set up at Alpine Bank of Glenwood Springs: EvaLyn Baker Memorial Fund for Bryan Baker, or EvaLyn Baker memorial expense account.
December 25, 2005
Heidi Lombardo passed away at home on Monday, Dec. 19, 2005. She was 63 years old.
Heidi was born on Nov. 6, 1942 in Oak Park, Ill., to Herbert and Lois E. (Abraham) Roehrs. On July 2, 1960, Heidi married Jared T. Lombardo in San Diego. Heidi and Jerry, along with their two children, Nancy Allison and Tim Lombardo, moved to Glenwood Springs in December 1977. They founded the Roaring Fork Waterbeds business, which is now known as Roaring Fork Furniture. They have been active members of Mountain View Church since its beginning.
Heidi loved the Lord and her family. She was a wonderful example of a person who displayed her love through sacrificial giving. She loved to laugh and was always positive. Over her lifetime, she enjoyed daily exercise and boating at Lake Powell and San Diego. She rode motorcycles with her husband, skied, and loved to cook and go shopping.
In late November, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, which took her life in four weeks. She will be loved and greatly missed by the many people that she so deeply impacted in her community.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry; her son, Timothy J. Lombardo; her daughter, Nancy L. Allison and her husband, Scott Allison; her grandchildren Josh, Bailey, Isaac, Tabitha and Abigail; her mother, Lois E. Roehrs; her brothers, Herbert Roehrs of Steamboat Springs and Peter Roehrs (Patti) of San Diego; her sister Nancy Russell (Bill) and many nieces and nephews in the San Diego area.
A celebration service to remember Heidi�s life in Christ will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Mountain View Church, 2195 County Road 154, in south Glenwood Springs, next to Buffalo Valley. The Rev. Dave Pearson will officiate. In the spring of 2006, there will be a private family ceremony as her ashes are buried with Betty Allison at Rosebud Cemetery.
Instead of sending flowers, please make a generous gift in the memory of Heidi Lombardo to Roaring Fork Hospice who were so wonderful to her and her family in her final days. Send donations to P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, or call 384-7530.
December 30, 2005
Zanna Thorner-Hughes died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Aspen Valley Hospital. She was 48 years old.
She was born March 12, 1957, in Linkoping, Sweden, to Anders and Margareta (Andersson) Thorner. She attended school there and graduated from the University of Lund with a degree in nursing, specializing in child health care. She cared for all ages of children, from infants to teens and from minor to acute care. Zanna was also a certified massage and healing therapist, was fluent in seven languages, and had been a fashion model in Sweden and throughout Europe.
Zanna had worked as a sales associate with Elizabeth Ryan Jewelry in Snowmass Village and had managed the Yurt Restaurant on the slopes of the Snowmass ski area. She had also been a hostess and waitress at the Tower Restaurant in Snowmass Village.
Zanna taught for five years at Adolssberg Skkolan in Helsengburg, Sweden. After coming to America, she married Dale Hughes. She loved children, wildlife and cooking. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Hughes, son Daniel Thorner, three sisters, and one brother, and their families, who reside in Sweden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anders and Margareta Thorner. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Herman 'Ricky' Maynard Jr.
December 30, 2005
Herman "Ricky" Maynard Jr. died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. He was 54 years old.
He was born Nov. 3, 1951, to Herman Maynard and Glenn Marie Toler in Logan, W.Va. They moved to Moab, Utah, where he triumphed in basketball and graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1970.
He spent the majority of his life in Carbondale. He was an amazing stonemason, building fireplaces in upscale homes in the Roaring Fork Valley. He was proud of his two sons, Rocky and Cory Maynard. Judy Pratt, a woman who could outfish him, loved him more than he probably ever knew. He loved fishing, hunting, the Broncos and talking with friends. He smiled at any humor he could find. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Survivors include his mother; brothers Phil (JoEllen) Maynard, Scotty Maynard, Roger (Linda) Maynard, Greg Maynard and Lawrence (Gina) Lusk; sisters Tina Lusk and Tootie Terry; niece Mariane Maynard; and many friends.
A small get-together will take place during the first Broncos playoff game at Phil Maynard's home. Call 945-0604 for details. Cremation will take place.
James 'Stretch' Longstretch
September 23, 2005
James Longstretch, also known as "Stretch, " died at the end of August.
The American Legion in Carbondale is having a memorial for Stretch from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. American Legion Post 100 is located at 97 Third St. in Carbondale.
Christopher Caldwell Cox
Christopher Caldwell Cox was born in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 31, 1946. He moved to Aspen from California in 1970.
Through the past 34 years, he was an active participant in the community, donating his time and talent to the many requests for benefits supporting the people of our valley. He was a gifted singer and songwriter. He joined the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department in 1990 and was a member for several years. Over the past year he was an active member of the 12-step program. He loved to play golf and to ski. He was a gentle and generous man, living his life in simplicity. Chris died on March 9. He was 58 years old.He was a loving father and is survived by his daughter, Jessica Cox, and his son, Aaron Cox. He is also survived by a grandson, Conner Christopher Cox, his brother Tim Cox, his brother Andrew Cox, and his father Eugene Cox.
We hold the memory of his love, friendship and music in our hearts, and wish him true love, true peace and true union with God, on the next path of his journey. Allow him regeneration, like the seed that rises in the spring.
The memorial service was held Monday, March 21 at the Prince of Peace Chapel. A reception followed at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Christopher Caldwell Cox Scholarship Fund, c/o The Right Door (established to assist people in the recovery process), P.O. Box 10825, Aspen, CO 81612.
July 29, 2005
Robert B. Lewis - biologist, educator, inventor, filmmaker and publisher - was born in Atascadero, Calif., on July 14, 1921, and lived in St. Louis and southern California.
Bob earned a bachelor of arts from the University of California-Berkeley and his master's degree from the University of Colorado, and he volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division (87th Mountain ski troops) during World War II.
The first time Bob went fishing in the Roaring Fork River, he knew the Elk Mountains would be a wonderful home for his family and an enduring source of inspiration for his creative mind.
Bob taught biology, physics, chemistry, social studies, geology and ecology at Aspen High School. He directed a summer institute for high school biology teachers with support from the University of Colorado, San Diego State University, the Aspen Institute and the National Science Foundation.
Bob was one of the founders of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and created the first Braille trail up Independence Pass, the Wildwood environmental preschool, and the Independence Pass Foundation. The most recent project he launched is the Aspen Field Biology Laboratory.
He was preceded in death by Barbara C. Lewis and their daughter, Barbara A. Lewis. He leaves his daughter, Katie, her husband, Serge, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law and two nieces - all living in northern California and southwest Oregon.
Bob's daughter and friends are planning a celebration of his life this fall. Donations can be sent to: Aspen Field Biology Laboratory, PO Box 2190, Aspen, CO 81612. CARPE DIEM!