Jon David Seigle
Jon David Seigle, father, husband and friend, was tragically killed in the French Alps pursuing his passion for skiing. He died in an avalanche while skiing with a guide outside of La Grave on Feb. 27, 2006. He was 56 years old. Jon was born on June 17, 1949, in Syracuse, N.Y. He attended Union College, where he met friends with whom he would eventually move to Aspen. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law and moved to Aspen in 1975 to open a law practice. Eventually, Jon shifted away from the law to business. He was involved in numerous local enterprises, including the Basalt Store, the Cowen Center and the Red Rock Diner. Jon’s integrity and work ethic were a constant throughout all of his business endeavors.
Liz Stewart and Jon were married in 1980, creating a beautiful, close family in the years that followed. They lovingly raised their daughters, Missy, 19, and Grace, 16, in Aspen. Liz and Jon were avid supporters of their girls’ activities and enjoyed attending their softball, soccer and basketball games. Perhaps it was Jon’s life-long passion for the New York Yankees that made him the ultimate sports fan dad. Jon and Liz spent many quiet and warm summers together in their home in Kipahulu on Maui, where he also enjoyed many close friendships. Never one to sit still for long, Jon kept himself busy maintaining their yard, battling back the tropical jungle, logging hundreds of miles on his bicycle and boogieboarding at Hamoa Beach.During the winter, whenever possible, Jon skied. Remarkably, he found that this was usually possible. For 30 years he could be seen skiing on Aspen Mountain with his friends, the Flyers, and with Grace and Missy. His love for skiing had no limits. While Jon skied in Canada and Europe, his heart always remained with Aspen Mountain. In the summer, Jon was just as passionate about biking. He participated in Ride the Rockies and took bike tours with his brother and his friends. At home, his beloved dogs, from Leroy to Tenny, were always an important part of Jon’s life. He and Tenny would skin up Tiehack most mornings to watch the sunrise together.
Excellence in all aspects was critical to Jon. He served on the Aspen School District Board of Education, where he helped foster significant progress in the administration and classrooms during his 15-year tenure. Jon was a firm believer in the value of the unique outdoor education program in the schools.Jon was a loyal and dedicated friend to many in the community and elsewhere. His sense of humor put everyone around him at ease. In his kind and mellow way, Jon saw the best in people and put forth his best to the people around him.
Liz, Missy and Grace miss Jon dearly. His pride in his daughters and his love for his wife outshone everything else in his life. He was gentle, he was fun, and he never for a moment forgot that his family mattered most. Jon was the kind of husband most women could only dream of. As a father, he was beyond compare. Because Jon was also someone who never touted his own accomplishments, he is probably blushing right now. In addition to his daughters and wife, Jon is survived by his mother, Betty Jane Seigle; his father and stepmother, Alfred and Lucille Seigle; his brother, Marc Seigle; and many nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Aspen District Theatre, followed by a reception. The service was carefully timed so as not to interfere with a possible powder day. Parking will be available at the school and the ARC parking lot. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Jon Seigle Memorial Outdoor Ed Scholarship Fund at any Alpine Bank.
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