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Longtime local David Frederick Steele died June 7 after a long illness. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Woody Creek community and the Roaring Fork Valley.

David was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Lawrence, Mass., to David S. and Dorothy E. Steele. He had an infant sister who did not survive. He graduated from high school and went on to work for Raytheon and a haberdashery. After that, he entered the Air Force, earning the rank of staff sergeant. His last assignment was at Lowry Air Force Base as a drill instructor.

David’s love of skiing and jazz led him to the mountains and Aspen in 1963. He became a ski instructor at Aspen Highlands, working under Fred Iselin and Stein Eriksen.



Summers he worked as a carpenter all around the valley, and also worked a few stints as a bartender. He married longtime girlfriend Sally Jackson in 1982; they later divorced.He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and beloved puppy, HeyU. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. He is survived by his uncle, Frederick Fitzgerald, and his stepsister, Patricia Morgan, both of Massachusetts. A gathering to celebrate his life will take place on a date still to be determined.


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