Justin Tyler Starodoj
Aspen, CO ColoradoJustin Tyler Starodoj, 29, passed away on Monday, March 19.He was born on Feb. 1, 1978, the second baby born in the present Aspen Valley Hospital and was raised in Aspen. He graduated from Aspen High School in 1996.Justin loved skiing and mountain biking. His great love was hockey, and he was an avid player from Mighty Mites to Bantam. Justin graduated from Arizona State University in 2000 with a degree in business. He lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., attending college and recently completed an impressive house renovation project with his friend and business partner Peter Bowden. The house is featured in the April 2007 edition of Desert Living Magazine.Justin is survived by his parents, Robert and Paula Starodoj; sisters Jessica Starodoj and Jennifer Hoffmann Hawley; brother Paul Hoffmann; nieces Lindsay and Lauren Hoffmann; aunts Donna Alfs and Katherine Koren; and many other Aspen and Arizona friends.A memorial will be announced at a later date. Donations can be made to the Justin Starodoj Memorial Scholarship for Aspen Junior Hockey at Alpine Bank in Aspen.
Members of the valley’s Jewish community gathered at the Albright Pavilion at Aspen Meadows Thursday for their second annual menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the first day of Hanukkah.