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Lloyd Oscar Yorker

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Lloyd Oscar Yorker, 85, of Denver, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. Mr. Yorker was born in Denver in 1923, the son of Alice Clark and Oscar Bowen Yorker.

He attended East High School and upon graduation, was inducted into the 10th Mountain Division, 87th, L Company. He was sent to Kiska, and northern Italy. Following World War II, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Denver University and attended DU law school. He was a member of the DU ski team and also of the legendary Zipfelberger racing team.

During the Korean War, he was with JAG (Judge Advocate General) in Tokyo. He returned to Denver, married and started a family.

In 1961, he began working for NASA in the security and photographic security departments. He was in Houston at NASA during the Mercury and Gemini projects. He was incredibly happy to return to Colorado in 1967 and began working for the Federal Aviation Administration in the Anti Air-Piracy division. Upon retirement, he lived in Breckenridge for a number of years and then moved to Aspen. He lived in Aspen for nine years, and started and ran Aspen Trout Guide Service. He eventually sold the business and moved back to Denver, but continued his fishing and guiding until he was 80. He was also an accomplished nordic ski racer, competing in the Senior Olympics and winning several gold medals in the biathlon.

Lloyd will be remembered for his sense of humor, his ability to see fish that were invisible to the mere mortal, and his love of the mountains, rivers and streams of Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Jean Yorker; daughters Julie Yorker and Lisa Yorker; son Bill Yorker; grandson Jody Campen; and his brother, Neal Yorker.

There will be a memorial gathering in Denver on Monday, Jan. 26, at the Park Hill Golf Club, following a service at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation Inc., 133 South Van Gordon St., Suite 200, Lakewood, CO 80228. For more information on the foundation, call (303) 756-8486 or e-mail tenthmtnfdn@nsp.org.


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