December 13, 2007
Dieter Sander, a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and developer of Aspen Junction, passed away recently in Grand Junction at the age of 77.Dieter was born in Schwerte, Germany, in 1930. Growing up, he enjoyed Latin, math and soccer in school. Dieter felt the urge to travel, and since the United States had a long waiting list for immigration, he traveled to Canada specifically British Columbia in 1952. Dieter worked for Mannix, Wixson & Crowe, helping clear the Capilano Reservoir of tree stumps and sending money back to his family in Germany.Dieter received a degree in surveying from the International Corresponding School Inc., and then went to work for the Engineering Company of Vancouver. He worked with the Aluminum Company of Canada (ALCAN) in Minette Bay in northwest Canada.Dieter and his wife, Carina, were married in Vancouver, B.C., in 1956, and the Sanders moved to the United States where Dieter became a structural engineer in Great Falls and Havre, Mont. The couple then moved to Charlottesville, Va., and then Pierre, S. D., where Dieter worked as a general contractor. In 1965, Dieter became the project manager working on the Arkansas Transmountain Diversion project in the Fryingpan Valley, digging tunnels and building roads. The couple enjoyed going to Aspen, and bought a property on the Fryingpan River called Peach Blow.In the 70s, the couple bought 90 acres of undeveloped land from Charlotte Nelson, which was the future Aspen Junction subdivision. In 2006, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.Dieter was a man of integrity, courage and foresight. He is missed by his wife, his daughter and her family, his brother and all of his friends.A fund has been established at the Marillac Clinic in Dieters name. The organization provides essential medical and dental services to low-income, uninsured individuals in Mesa County. To contribute, send a check to: Marillac Clinic, 2333 N. Sixth Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.Another favorite charity of Dieters was the St. Josephs Indian School. To donate, mail a check to St. Josephs Indian School, Special Gifts Department, P.O. Box 100, Chamberlain, S.D. 57325-0100.