Guido Meyer Jr. found dead beside running tractor on Basalt ranch
A Basalt area man died Sunday evening on his ranch in what one authority called a “confusing” incident.
Guido Meyer Jr., 62, was found by a family member on the ground near his tractor, according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson. The Fire Department was dispatched at 8:29 p.m. Sunday to the ranch adjacent to Elk Run subdivision.
The family member was performing CPR but unable to revive Meyer. First responders took over resuscitation efforts in vain, Thompson said. Meyer was declared dead on the scene and the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office was contacted, according to Thompson.
“The tractor was still running when the firefighters got there,” he said. “It was still upright.”
It wasn’t apparent what happened in the “very confusing” incident, Thompson said.
The tractor’s wheels were still spinning when Basalt police officers arrived on the scene as an assisting agency to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, according to Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott. The tractor stopped when it ran into a fence.
Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Michael Buglione, who responded to the scene, said an autopsy is planned for today. He said it is unknown whether Meyer suffered a medical event that caused him to fall off the tractor.
“It’s undetermined as this point,” Buglione said. “There was some trauma to his extremities — not to his head or body.”
Buglione said it could be as long as 30 days before autopsy results are available.
A family acquaintance said Meyer was working extremely hard through the hot weekend to prepare the ranch for the wedding of one of his children later this month.
Meyer was the son of the late Guido and Gertrude “Trudi” Meyer, longtime Aspen residents. The family started Guido’s Swiss Inn, which was a fixture as one of the best-known restaurants in Aspen from 1953 until it closed in 2002.
Meyer Jr. and his wife, Trish, operated the Colorado Tree Ranch in Basalt since 1984.
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