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April 11, 2012
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Adaptive skiing pioneer dies at age of 87

SNOWMASS VILLAGE -Ed Lucks, a longtime Snowmass Village pharmacist who pioneered adaptive skiing techniques and equipment for the disabled, died on Friday, April 6, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Lucks was a 2005 inductee into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. He was also the neighborhood pharmacist in Snowmass Village for many years. He retired to the Grand Valley with his wife, Evie, who preceded him in death in 2007.Lucks' work in adaptive skiing was instrumental in the vision, the success and continual development of the disabled ski program at Aspen/Snowmass and nationally.After finishing high school, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a flight instructor during World War II. During his Army Air Force service he married the love of his life, Evelyn Louise Jansen. Ed and Evie were married for 65 years prior to her death.After the war, Lucks went to pharmacy school on the G.I. Bill and commenced work as a pharmacist, supporting Evie and their four children.He first put on skis at the age of 35, and fell instantly in love, eventually moving the family from Minnesota to Denver in 1964. His ski instructing career started as a part-time job that evolved to a full-time passion for improvements in adaptive skiing when Lucks was presented with the opportunity to assist disabled soldiers returning from Vietnam.Lucks brought his passion for adaptive skiing to the Roaring Fork Valley when the family moved to Snowmass in the early '70s. Ed's early efforts in the seminal B.O.L.D. program evolved into Aspen Handicapped Skiers and then into Challenge Aspen. In addition to time on the mountain with students, he put in countless unpaid hours tinkering in his garage to fabricate adaptive equipment to help his students. Several of Lucks' prototype designs were refined and are now standard tools for adaptive skiing. Ed and Evie were also generous hosts to many disabled skiers.Ed Lucks is survived by four children: Tom Lucks, Mack, Colo.; Doug Lucks, Basalt Colo.; Corky Lucks, Crested Butte, Colo.; and Lucas Bennett, Clifton, Colo; his four grandchildren: Marjorie Lucks, Menlo Park, Calif.; Ned Lucks, El Jebel, Colo.; Corey Lucks, Shimukapu, Japan; and Ashley Lucks, Grand Junction, Colo; and his three great-grandchildren: Juna, 4, Madeline, 3, and Brian, 2.A brief memorial service for Ed Lucks will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church, corner of 30 Road and F Road (Patterson), Grand Junction.A celebration of the life and career of Ed Lucks will be held in Snowmass Village at a future date.Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice or to Challenge Aspen, P.O. Box 6639, Snowmass Village, CO 81615.

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