Daniel Gold, 61, died of heart failure on Feb. 16, 2006, while skiing with his wife on Snowmass Mountain. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1944, Dan spent his childhood in Baltimore. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and received his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He was involved in the pharmacy profession for the next 40 years.During Dan’s years in Maryland, he became an avid kayaker when the sport was still in its infancy. Constructing his own kayaks out of fiberglass, he and the members of the Baltimore Kayak Club ventured out on challenging rivers every weekend. A frequent skier at many east coast resorts, he realized after his first ski trip out west that Colorado was in his future.After marrying on Aspen Mountain during a ski vacation, Dan and his wife, Katherine Reppa, then packed up a U-Haul and moved to Aspen in 1983, where they lived the Colorado dream of skiing, hiking and marveling at the natural beauty of the area. They lived in Aspen for 13 years, where their sons Christopher and Jonathan were born, then moved to their dream house in Missouri Heights 10 years ago. Dan was devoted to his wife and children and his activities revolved around them.Dan’s many interests included music of all kinds, from Sinatra to Zeppelin, and he was an accomplished classical guitarist. He loved skiing, snowboarding and telemarking as well as sailing at Ruedi and wakeboarding at Lake Powell. His many goals for the future are now unfulfilled, but his family will take comfort that Dan is forever young.Dan is survived by his wife and sons; mother, Clara; brothers Gary (Susan) and Eric (Paula); nephew Jonathan (Jamie), and niece Lissa (Todd), all of Maryland. There will be a memorial celebrating Dan’s life at 4 p.m. Monday at the Aspen Chapel, with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, a college fund for Christopher and Jonathan Gold has been set up at Alpine Bank.
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State department of transportation crews are well on their way to clearing Highway 82 to Independence Pass, which should open on schedule May 27 at noon.