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Keith ‘Kato’ John Corn

Keith “Kato” John Corn died in a skiing accident on March 25, 2006. He was 48 years old.Keith was born Aug. 29, 1957, in Wilmington, Ill., to Robert and Ruth (Janda) Corn. He attended school in Wilmington, then moved to the Tampa, Fla., area and began working as a garage door installer. He followed his sister Cindy to Colorado in 1980, becoming a maintenance engineer at the Pokolodi Lodge, and remained in the area until his death. He was skiing with Beth Douglass, his beloved lifelong partner and wife, when the accident occurred. They had been together since 1982. Keith was a trim carpenter for AWI in Avon but mostly worked in the Roaring Fork Valley. By all accounts, he was very good at his job; he often said that if he could stick his paycheck in one of his miter joints, he shouldn’t have a paycheck. Keith enjoyed spending time on the water, and skiing and camping in the mountains. He also enjoyed traveling and watching sports, especially the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Keith had a way about him that put people at ease, his laugh was contagious and he was very quick with a quip or a joke. Keith is survived by his wife, Beth; his sisters, Cindy Thompson of Carbondale and Linda Corn of Fort Myers, Fla.; his brother, Mike of Sarasota, Fla.; stepfather, Richard Parlier of Naples, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Christie and Ryan Thompson, Sara Corn, Chris and Kyle Collins, and Stacy and Maria Douglass; and many loving friends. His parents preceded him in death.A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Snowmass Chapel. A celebration of his life will follow the memorial at Schermer Hall at Anderson Ranch. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Keith Corn (“Kato’s”) Memorial Fund at any Alpine Bank in the Roaring Fork Valley.


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