Loss of a good son, and friend | AspenTimes.com

Loss of a good son, and friend

(This letter is from the family of Mark Walton, who died last week after falling from the Maroon Creek Bridge.)

Friends and family believe Mark did not realize he was walking on a bridge, and stepped over the low guard rail to avoid traffic. He had been at the home of friends and decided to walk back to his Aspen apartment.

Mark has just completed university, and as so many young New Zealanders do, was working and traveling overseas with friends, before returning home to join the New Zealand Police Force. He had been working in Aspen since December, after moving on from London.

His mother, who flew from New Zealand to be with Mark, would like to offer her profound thanks for the love and support given by his many friends, the communities of Grand Junction and Aspen, and especially the staff of ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Aspen Skiing Co. “It has been overwhelming,” she said.

Mark was a popular and much-loved friend, son and brother. He leaves a mother, father, two older sisters and a large, extended family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A private memorial service was held for Mark in Aspen on Saturday.

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