Dennis ‘Abba’ Krieger |

Dennis ‘Abba’ Krieger

Dennis “Abba” Krieger, a former Carbondale and Glenwood Springs resident, died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Tahiti. He was 60.

Abba was born on Feb. 12, 1948, to Ceil and Seymour Krieger and had three brothers. He was raised in New York City and Providence, R.I., in a home with strong religious convictions. From his first marriage with Leslie, came his only child, Leah Krieger, who was as much his child as a close friend and companion. Abba attended homeopathic school in France, chiropractic school in Portland, Ore., ayurvedic school in New Mexico and held a master’s degree in public health in Colorado.

His home would transform into a chamber music hall where teenagers to octogenarians alike (from the Glenwood Hot Strings Band), would unite in the melodies of folk, jazz and classical music. Abba’s love for music was demonstrated in the way he chose to be the instrument so that life’s notes passed through him, leaving an indelible mark on his soul and positively affecting people around him.

Helping clients with child birth, the intense pain of sciatica, to the discomforts of the common cold made Abba’s early knowledge of alternative medicine extremely respected in the community. “Many of the prescriptions he gave in the ’80s I still use today,” James Tonozzi said. “We were very fond of Dr. Krieger,” explains Karinjo DeVore because “he saved my son’s life, way back.”

A profound passion for Utah’s sublime Navajo domes and kayenta formations, where beauty is revealed by eons of sculpting, made eight-day walkabouts into the uncharted labyrinths a staple in Abba’s annual diet of exploration. He would carry a humming bird feeder into the wild so that he could delight in the bird’s enjoyment.

His were often the first cross country tracks to Conundrum Hot Springs in the deep snows of early spring showing his enthusiasm for an arduous slog, an affinity for ritual, delight in hot springs and an intense appreciation for alpine solitude. He was an avid telemark skier.

Abba studied the art form of ballet dancing. He gained from it agility and grace that he could apply to myriad physical and social activities. Furthermore, he took it a step further. The reverence and respect he gave to his wife Annette was steeped in the chivalric code, reminiscent of the knight errant … like what we might call, “a true gentleman.” They actually met in a youth hostel, (where people stay who are young … at heart) in Tahiti, through an invitation she accepted from him to dine on a meal he prepared for: “anyone who would like to share a nice meal,” posted on the wall.

Dennis was blessed with the ability to make people laugh to where your belly ached. The only thing more enjoyable was watching how much he reveled in his own cleverness as his body heaved with delight.

If Abba would have been a Greek living in antiquity, his mental endowments (sapientia) and physical prowess (fortitudo) should have earned him a table with the Gods in this life and the hereafter, that is, unless they saw him dance first.

It could be said of Abba that he fashioned his interests into tools that benefited his community with a concern for the health and welfare of the planet to a degree that is worthy of honor and extreme recognition.

“I go to the Papenoo Valley [in Tahiti] far above Papeete to escape the congestion, smog and heat. It makes me feel like I am visiting Colorado.” It was on one of these visits that Abba was taken by a flash-flood. He planed to move back to his home in Glenwood Springs with his wife in approximately a year and embrace his friends and the country he loved.

Abba is survived by his mother Ceil, his wife Annette, his daughter Leah, his three brothers, his best friend Joe Burros, friends coast to coast and friends immemorial located on all the corners of the globe … and some hummingbirds in the Utah outback that still remember the man with the nectar.

Specific dates will be disclosed for a service in Colorado when plans are made.

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