Obituary: Freddie Hoover |

Obituary: Freddie Hoover

Longtime local musician Freddie Hoover died April 22 at his home in Bone Mesa, near Hotchkiss. He was 46 years old.

Hoover moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in the early 1970s. Being bad to the bone, he could run up a mountain, catch a trout, run down, cook it, and still play a gig that night. He loved music – playing it, listening to it, writing songs and encouraging others to do the same.

He started out with the band “Close Enough.” Hoover played with many of the local musicians and recording stars, and appeared in “A John Denver Christmas Special.” Most recently, he played lead guitar for Russell Smith.

Hoover will be missed by many, especially those who were in what he fondly referred to as his “Dumb Friends League.”

Friends are invited to gather at the American Legion Hall in Paonia at 1 p.m. Sunday to celebrate his life with stories and music. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so at Alpine Bank.

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