Joe Krabacher, who practiced architecture in Aspen from 1967 to 1975, died on Aug. 13. During the final week of his life he was able to communicate one-on-one with many family members and provide a final bit of wit and wisdom to those who loved him. His humor, nonlinear approach to living, and affectionate personality will be missed by all.His last word, spoken to his son, was “inside.” Although “inside” may be a mysterious and occult reference, Chris took this utterance to indicate where the switch to the yard sprinkling system was located.Joe was a lifelong Coloradan. Born in Lakewood on the family farm, he subsequently lived in Evergreen, Aspen, Missouri Heights and Grand Junction. In addition to his work in Aspen, he was lead architect for the construction/engineering firm Evergreen Supply Co. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School and attended the Colorado School of Mines. World War II interrupted college, and Joe slogged through the swamps of the Pacific theater under the auspices of the artillery. He was wounded in battle and was honorably discharged.He finished his education at the University of Colorado, studying architecture. He was a licensed architect and professional engineer. Buildings and projects created by Joe can be found all over the state and outside Colorado. In his spare time he enjoyed skiing (he joined the National Ski Patrol in 1947), fishing, sailing, golf, camping, travel, the Rotary Club and trying to keep his four children out of trouble. (Maybe he didn’t exactly “enjoy” trouble avoidance, because later in life he could be counted on to sometimes join his children [and others] in getting into trouble.) Joe married Constance (Connie) Ruth Peters in Denver in 1946. She preceded him in death by a little more than a month. They had four children: Jay, Christopher and Paul of Grand Junction; and Frances Bronner-Mongrain, who lives in Lakewood.”Papa Joe” was grandfather to 10 and great-grandfather to three. Beloved grandfather of Ali Lodice, Robbie Caton, Gabrael Lawrence, Jamie Caton, Rachel George; and Constance, Thomas, Aaron, Tanya and Patrick Krabacher. Joe also is survived by great-grandchildren Skylar and Caton Lodice, and Isabella Lawrence.A memorial service/gathering/convocation will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at his former home on N. First St. in Grand Junction. Contributions in his name can be made to the National Ski Patrol or to Habitat for Humanity.
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