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William Douglas “Doug” Burden Jr., 76, of Aspen, died Saturday, Jan. 26, of terminal cancer. He was born August 13, 1931, in New York City, son of William Douglas Burden, and Katharine Curtin White.

Doug grew up in Bedford Village and New York City. He attended North Country School in Lake Placid, Eaglebrook School, Proctor Academy, and Middlebury College where he captained the ski teams. He became one of America’s top ski racers and competed internationally until a near fatal ski racing accident in Italy in 1954 ended his career. Despite his injury, he was a beautiful, natural athlete who played superb tennis and golf and became “coach” to friends and family

Doug served in the Navy. He was a development entrepreneur.

He is survived by his son James, brothers Andrew and Christopher, sister Wendy B. Morgan, stepmother Betsy, and devoted partner Marilyn Hodges Wilmerding. A memorial is planned for spring.

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Contributions may be made to the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, 181 West Meadow Dr., Suite 1000, Vail, C0 81657.

Klaus Christ, former Aspen resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Arizona. Christ was born on Dec. 8, 1943, in Klosters, Switzerland.

Klaus had a love of Aspen, the mountains, skiing, flying and golf. He also had a passion for food which he generously shared with his guests as the owner and gourmet chef of the famous Golden Horn restaurant from 1972 until 1996. Klaus was the driving force to get Davos to be one of Aspen’s sister cities. In 1996, Klaus was elected to the Colorado Restaurant Association Food Hall of Fame.

He had a gift to inspire loved ones, friends, employees and celebrities alike with his “larger than life” smile.

Klaus is survived by his wife, Sonja Christ-King of Arizona, and two sisters, Ursi Hilty-Christ and Maria Carmen Christ, both of Switzerland. He was preceded in death by his brother, Christian Christ. Klaus will live on in the memories of everyone’s heart he touched.

A celebration of Klaus’ life will be held in the summer on Aspen Mountain ” date to be announced. Please consider Mountain Rescue Aspen, 630 W. Main, Aspen, CO 81611, for a donation in Klaus’ memory.

” “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach

Longtime Aspen resident John Graye, “JG,” died peacefully in his home Sunday, Jan. 27.

John was born June 24, 1939, and grew up in Southern California, the son of Margaret and John Graye Sr.

John was a resident of Aspen since the early 1970s. Before coming to Aspen, John attended Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California. While living in California, JG became an accomplished surfer. He made a name for himself shaping surfboards. Just this year, JG was inducted into the Huntington Beach California Walk of Fame.

While in Aspen, JG became an avid outdoors man. He enjoyed downhill and nordic skiing. During the summer moths, JG loved running rivers all over the United States in his custom designed and self-built canoe, the “Solito,” manufactured by Evergreen. John was an accomplished craftsman as well.

John is survived by the love of his life, Sally, and by his many friends and sports enthusiasts who shared his outdoor passions, in addition to first cousins: J. Bixby Smith (Peggy) of Carlsbad, Calif.; Deborah Smith McManigal (Craig) of Riverside, Calif.; Betsy Little Bolding of Tucson, Ariz.; and Lettie Little Zulfer (John) of Flagstaff, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John Graye’s name to: The American Canoe Association, 7432 Alban Station Blvd., Suite B-232, Springfield, VA 22150, or online at

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