Fred A. "Fritz" LundinApril 17, 1929 – May 30, 2004
Lt. Col. Fred A. “Fritz” Lundin passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2004. Fritz lived the 75 years of his life to the absolute fullest. He passed away doing what he loved, pushing himself to the limit. Whether he was climbing the hill or encouraging someone else to climb it, he never backed off. There was no such thing as second place, he once told his son who tried to help him climb a hill by grabbing the seat of his bicycle and pedaling along with him. The hill was not worth climbing if he couldn’t do it by himself. He was a father figure to many people in Glenwood Springs, constantly encouraging high standards, respect, morals, integrity, dignity and competition. He was a fighter pilot; there was no room for error. You made the right decision instantaneously and lived or died by it. This was how he lived his life. One of his favorite sayings was, “Why? …. Why not?Fritz was born in Brady, Neb., on April 17, 1929, to Rudolph (Swede) Lundin and Maxine Treto. He spent his childhood there and graduated from North Platte High School in 1947. Fritz attended Denver University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1952 with a degree in accounting. He served his country proudly in both Korea and Vietnam as a jet fighter pilot, earning the distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam. In 1962, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.He married Bette Coad on Dec. 22, 1950. They had four children: Steve, Patti (Trotter), Fritz and Kurt. They had visited this beautiful valley before and fell in love with the area. After his retirement from the Air Force in March 1973, the family moved to Glenwood Springs where he began his accounting practice. Fritz was an avid Glenwood Springs High School sports/activities booster, attending thousands of events and volunteering his time for many of them. He never missed an opportunity to watch his wife, children or grandchildren perform or compete.He and Cindy Dollins were married in 1980. They ran their accounting practice together. They raised their son, Gus, in Glenwood as well. Fritz enjoyed skiing, biking and traveling, but visiting with family was his passion. They arranged as many family ski trips, bike trips and get-togethers as possible. He is survived by his brother, Robert of San Antonio; wife Cindy, four sons and a daughter, five granddaughters and three grandsons.A celebration of his life will be at noon Sunday at Sunlight. For those would like to honor Fritz by riding their bicycles, meet at 10 a.m. at the unfinished subdivision (Red Feather), three-fourths of a mile up the Four Mile Road.In lieu of flowers, an account has been established at the Alpine Bank to benefit the Glenwood Springs track program. It is under the names Debbie or Steve Lundin, Benefit for GSHS Track in memory of Fritz Lundin.In lieu of flowers, an account has been established at the Alpine Bank to benefit the Glenwood Springs track program. It is under the names Debbie or Steve Lundin, Benefit for GSHS Track in memory of Fritz Lundin.
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