Richard Dean Stutsman Sr.
Longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Richard Dean Stutsman Sr. died Feb. 7 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 72 years old.Dick was born in Palisade, Colo., on July 27, 1932, to William E. and Edna Madge Stutsman.They lived in the area near Marble during the summers and northwest of Mack, Colo., during the winters. His father was in charge of a sheep operation in those locations. From 1946 to 1952, Dick helped his father on ranches in Emma and West Sopris Creek.He graduated from Basalt High School in 1950. Dick married Dolores Gerbaz on Nov. 4, 1951, at St. Mary’s Church in Aspen.In 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Morocco, where he specialized in electronics. After his four-year tour of duty, he returned to Aspen and worked for the Mill Iron Ranch, owned by Henry Stein on McLain Flats.In 1960, Dick and Jerry Gerbaz formed an excavation company, Stutsman-Gerbaz Earthmoving Inc., which is still operating today. He also spent many winters as a lift operator at the bottom of lift No. 3 on Aspen Mountain and as a lift supervisor at the newly opened Snowmass Ski Area.Dick was an active member of the Aspen Elks Lodge most of his adult life. He served with the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Parish Council.Dick utilized his vast local knowledge as a ski ambassador for the Aspen Skiing Co. Among his leisure-time interests were skiing, photography, woodworking (he made fabulous frames for those photographs), and more often than not you would find him in the stands rooting for the Aspen High School sports teams.Dick’s love of the mountains that surrounded his life were reflected in his daily living. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.He is survived by his wife, Dolores; Richard Jr. and JoAnna Stutsman; Dave, Vivienne, Shay, Dusty and Jyace Stutsman; Julie (Stutsman), Dexter and Darren Garner; and Lisa (Stutsman), Mark and Trey Thorpe.There will be a private, family-only service.In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted for the Disabled American Veteran Winter Sports Clinic sponsored by Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224, 510 E. Hyman Ave., Suite 300, Aspen, CO 81611.
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