Barry Kent Maggert
Barry Kent Maggert, of Carbondale, died May 8 in a tragic accident. His family takes great comfort knowing he passed doing something he loved, piloting his airplane. He would tease that he was still in his 30s he was 37 (47). His sense of humor was legendary.Barry was born May 5, 1961, in Columbia, Mo., to Kent and Vicki. In 1982, he married his high school sweetheart, Rene. Two years later, he graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelors degree in engineering. Later that year, he and his wife gave birth to twin boys, Bryant and Lee. In 1986, Barry and Rene moved to Snowmass just prior to the birth of their third son, Taylor. Upon completing a construction project in Snowmass Village for his parents, he worked for Ted Guy & Associates, Pitallo & Associates and then started his own engineering firm, Maggert & Associates in 1988.Barrys passion for his family was paramount in his life. He was a devoted father and husband. He was proud of his sons, who have found their passions. He supported their interests in sports, education and outdoor activities. Helping establish the Three Rivers Little League and coaching the Roaring Fork High School golf team are just two examples of this.Barry would never pass up an opportunity to aid in public discourse. These ventures varied between running for office to writing an editorial in the local newspaper to spreading libertarian philosophies.He was also very proud of his little brother Jeff, and Jeffs golfing career. He constantly would follow his progress and often went to tournaments. Barry enjoyed playing golf in the local mens clubs and amateur tournaments. Other hobbies included biweekly poker games with the guys for the last 20 years. His other pastimes include aviation and just about anything involving technology.A celebration of Barrys life was scheduled for May 15. Barry would not have wanted tears of sadness, so attendees were encouraged to bring a story and share in tears of laughter.Barry is survived by his wife Rene; sons Bryant, Lee and Taylor; parents Kent Maggert and Viki Benzel; his brother Jeff Maggert; dozens of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws and hundreds of friends.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the 14 agencies that have been so courageous and generous in this tragedy. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), Gilpin County Sheriffs Office, Gilpin Victim Services, Central City Police Department, Black Hawk Police Department, Gilpin Search and Rescue, Alpine Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Central City Fire Department, Black Hawk Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, Colorado National Guard, Airlife, and the Gilpin Ambulance, and Science Care. (His remains will be donated to a medical facility through Science Care.)
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