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James Ray Lutz

James Ray “Jim” Lutz, 72, passed away June 30, 2008.

He was born October 17, 1935, in Detroit, Mich., to Ray F. and Hazel (Baumgartner) Lutz. Jim married Karen Diane Clissett on August 27, 1995, at the Aspen Chapel.

Jim was a dedicated, loving husband, father and grandfather and loyal friend to many. He was known and respected as the owner of Jim’s Irrigation, as a valued employee of the Aspen Golf Club and as a 20-year ski instructor at Buttermilk and Snowmass.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents and aunt Ruth Marinier.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; son Robert James Lutz; daughters Kimberly Ann Robinson (Daniel) and Wendy Carol Steele (Roger); brother Frederick William “Bill” Lutz; four grandchildren, Ben and Stephanie Robinson, and Sarah and Hunter Steele; and faithful friend Brandie.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Memorial services are planned for Sunday, July 20. Details will be announced at a later date. Rev. Gregg Anderson and Susan Dodson Hiller will officiate. The family suggests memorials be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org). Condolences for the family can be sent vial e-mail to jimrlutz@yahoo.com.

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