Our family is saddened by the passing of Colin Whitten Spence unexpectedly at home on Nov. 10. "Coke," as he was known since childhood, lived most of his life in the Roaring Fork Valley. He was born at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colo. on Nov. 29, 1957 and was raised in Aspen, going to school there and graduating from Aspen High School.
He was a carpenter and worked in the ski business where workmates knew him as quite the joker and prankster, while still setting his work to a high standard, very much like his father. He also worked for his father at Aspen Sports until the business was sold in 1989. He liked to spend time outdoors, fishing, skiing, hunting, playing ball, hiking and backpacking. He was also a big sports fan, rooting on the Broncos and the Rockies.
He is survived by his mother, Ellie Spence of Carbondale, Colo.; daughter Shannon Spence and grandson Jaron Waldusky of Kalispell, Mont.; sisters Robin Spence (Dominique Bador) of Chewelah, Wash., Susan Spence (Tom White Eagle) of Big Timber, Mont., Heather (Ken) Houle and their children Melanie (Preston) Irby and Colton Houle of Gunnison, Colo.; and brothers Gary Spence of Danville, Colo. (and his children Coleman and
Erin Spence of Basalt, Colo.) and John Spence of Aspen. He was preceded in death by father Gale Spence, sister Terry Spence, and nephews Liam and Devin Houle.
Coke was very generous and had a big heart, he was loved by many, and we are going to miss him dearly. We have planned a remembrance for him on Friday, Nov. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 184 (the Eagles Club) at 700 E. Bleeker St. in Aspen. Come on by, celebrate his life and have a bite to eat.