Bruce Prior Sinclair |

Bruce Prior Sinclair

Bruce Sinclair died Feb. 10 at his home in Emma.

Bruce Sinclair died in his sleep at home on his ranch in Emma on Feb. 10, 2006. He was 55 years old.

Bruce, was born in Aspen on Dec. 17, 1950, and raised on the family ranch on Brush Creek. He was a natural-born skier. He skied all of his life, whether for pleasure or in high school on the Aspen ski team. In his adult years, Bruce was one of the most respected ski instructors in Snowmass. His love of skiing and teaching kids to ski was most evident when those former children he had taught would return as adults with their own children for Bruce to teach them to ski. He was a ski instructor for 28 years.

Being a rancher’s son, Bruce had a great love for the outdoors. He engaged in many activities such as hunting, fly-fishing, hiking, windsurfing, riding his horses, camping and jeeping with his buddies. Bruce loved his small ranch in Emma. He was happiest when on the ranch with his two beloved dogs, Willie and Louie, and all of the horses.

Bruce’s father, Robert Prior Sinclair, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Sinclair; three sisters, Deanne (Phil) Hemann of Parachute, Janet (Mike) Steed of Ruidoso, N.M., and Barb Sinclair of Basalt; his four loving children, Shannon Sinclair of California, Travis Smith Sinclair of Carbondale, and Sara K. and Grace Prior Sinclair of Basalt; and many nieces and great-nephews. Dinner and a celebration of Bruce’s life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Caf; in Basalt. Attendees should bring a story or pictures to share with friends and family.