Basalt resident Lou Dvorak died peacefully Nov. 17, 2005, at the Vail Valley Medical Center. He was 47.Lou was born June 7, 1958, in Rochester, N.Y., to Lou and Jane Dworshak. His family moved to Stowe, Vt., in 1968, where he soon developed a lifelong passion for skiing and ski racing. He began racing for the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club in grade school and continued as an accomplished racer through high school. Lou graduated from Stowe High School in 1976.He studied architecture at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and business at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt. After attending college he moved to Alaska, where he fished commercially for 14 years. He moved back to Vermont in 1998.Lou became a member of the Bahai church and moved from Vermont to Glenwood Springs in 2001 to join a close-knit Bahai fellowship. While living in the Rocky Mountains, he continued his art and prospered as a carpenter in the Aspen area. He was a skilled ski tuner who worked most recently for Gorsuch Ski Shop. His knowledge and love of ski racing made him a valued volunteer on the Aspen Race Crew for World Cup as well as local races. He was both a skilled craftsman and an artist. Lou will be remembered for his deep spirituality, a profound sense and respect for what is good and pure, a generous heart, a kind and gentle disposition, and a large inventory of good jokes.Survivors include his mother, brother Alan Dworshak, sister-in-law Katharine Montstream, nieces Charlotte and Silvy, and nephew Tor, all of Burlington, Vt.; sister Suzanne Dvorak, brother-in-law Robert Eastaugh, and nephews, Kerry and Tiger Tasker, all of Anchorage, Alaska; and dear friend Anne Adams, of Basalt.He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Stowe Community Church, Stowe, Vt. In lieu of a Colorado service, the family invites Lou’s friends to meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, behind the gondola at the top of Aspen Mountain for a short prayer service and to dedicate the day to Lou’s life.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lou’s name to the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club, 403 Spruce Peak, Stowe VT 05672 or the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 111 Broadway, Floor 19 New York, N.Y. 10006.
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