Frank Joseph Levins
Frank Joseph Levins, better known as Joe by his family and friends, died Feb. 29, after suffering an apparent heart attack while driving near his home in White Bear Lake, Minn.
Levins, whose mother Marcia Levins Cowee is a 40-year resident of Aspen, spent much time in the Roaring Fork Valley hiking, fishing, and skiing. He lived in Aspen in 1966 after completing business studies with undergraduate work at Claremont Men’s College and masters’ study at University of California at Berkeley.
He met his wife, Mary Schoemberg, at the Sundeck that year. After a romance that included moonlight skiing in Little Annie Basin, they married and raised three children: Joe, Molly, and Ellie.
Levins was a big enthusiast of the outdoors, which he loved to share with his family and friends. This love was exhibited by his son Joe, who, as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, competed in the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
In recent years he traveled extensively with his mother, who shared the same birthday with her first-born son. Their latest trip together, a millennium jazz cruise on the Amazon River, was one of many destinations that included Russia, Ireland, Scandinavia, France, and Alaska.
Contributions in Levins’ name can be made to a memorial education fund at Norwest Bank of Aspen for needy children of Roatan, Honduras, where he has owned a home for 22 years. He spent much time there and was always eager to see the lives of the native residents improved.
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