Karl Holladay Siegel | AspenTimes.com

Karl Holladay Siegel

Nov. 20, 1954 - Nov. 21, 2014

Last Thursday was Karl Siegel's 60th birthday. His infectious smile and ice-blue eyes lit up any room he walked into. He celebrated the event with friends, went home, went to bed, and passed gently into the night.

Once again Karl is breaking a new trail that eventually we all will follow. As one of his close buddies said, "I'm sure that where ever you are, it sucks less."

Karl Siegel lived life exactly like he wanted to. He was amazingly fun, funny and giving. For years, Karl managed the hottest beach in North Florida, spending summers in Florida where he was a water skier and windsurfer. In winter, he came to Colorado and Snowmass where he ran a ski shop and skied and snowboarded and dearly touched all of our lives.

He was a former professional motocross rider and a competitive snowboarder. He led the charge to get snowboarding allowed locally and became one of the first snowboarders to finally ride Snowmass.

In addition to snowboarding, Karl also loved riding his snowmobile, riding many horses and enjoying life cruising in a boat.

He was the leader of the Lenado TeePee snowmobilers, and one of his fellow riders remembers him as "an anchor of reason, calm and good humor when things got a little hairy riding the sleds up in Lenado."

Genuine. Charismatic. His friends loved to hear Karl spin a story and end it with one of his "Karlisms."

This summer he enjoyed riding his horse most every weekend. On one adventure, he saved a friend from drowning when a horse was spooked and the rider was knocked unconscious into a creek. And when he wasn't riding horses, he was enjoying his other summer pursuit, kicking back and cruising behind the wheel of his boat.

Karl Holladay Siegel is survived by his loving daughter Arielle Siegel Shipe, his brother Mark Siegel, his sister-in-law Susan Siegel, and nephews Paul and Boyd Siegel.

A Karl Siegel Memorial Fund has been established at Alpine Bank.

His daughter Arielle remembers her dad as "such an amazing person. He was so quick-witted and made anything that happened funnier. For anyone that ever met my dad, you know. He lived life to its absolute fullest and inspired everyone around him to do the same."