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Keith Marolt

Former Aspen resident Keith Marolt died in Reno, Nev., April 30, 2010. He was the son of Opal and Mike Marolt and grew up on the ranch property where the Holden-Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum in Aspen is now located.

Keith graduated from Aspen High School in 1954, valedictorian of his class, and was honored by being awarded both the Red Mountain Trophy, for outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship, and the Babe Ruth Trophy, for outstanding athletic ability and sportsmanlike attitude. Keith skied on the Aspen Junior Ski Team and was chosen to race in the Junior National Slalom and Downhill Championships during his senior year, where he placed in the top 10.

Keith graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in civil engineering in 1962, after taking a break from college to serve in the U.S. Army. After graduation from college, he worked for the California Department of Transportation until he retired about 10 years ago.



During the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, he was instrumental in securing emergency alternate routes for traffic after a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed during the quake.

Keith was born in Placerville, Calif., on July 28, 1936. He is survived by two children, Mark Marolt and Marcia Marolt, both of California; his wife, Marina Roverso Marolt; his sisters, Judy Marolt of San Diego and Peggy Marolt of Mancos, Colo., and Vicki Marolt Buchanan of Sonoma, Calif.; his aunt, Pearl Peterson Bishop; his uncle, Elmer Peterson; and an extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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