Obituary: Steve Parzybok
Former Roaring Fork Valley resident Steve Parzybok died on Feb. 28 in Hotchkiss, Colo. after a long battle with thyroid cancer. He was 54 years old.
Parzybok was a sculptor and precision architectural steel craftsman whose works have been displayed in Aspen and other towns around Colorado, as well as in Kansas City, Kansas, and in Toronto and London (Ontario), Canada.
Several of his pieces are installed at homes and retail businesses in Aspen.
Born on Aug. 26, 1944 in Evanston, Ill., Parzybok was raised in Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale in 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
He worked as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma and at the Fanshawe School of Fine Arts in London, Ontario, Canada from 1972 to 1978. He also received junior and senior grants from the Canadian Arts Council at that time.
Parzybok returned to Colorado in 1978 to work at CRMS in Carbondale, and then moved to Paonia, Colo., in 1983, to pursue his sculpting full time, and subsequently built the Floating Wrench Artworks studio and shop in Hotchkiss, nine miles from Paonia.
He also taught art classes at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, and had a wide circle of friends in the valley. He was widely known for his sense of humor, his artistic skills and his expertise at metalworking.
Parzybok’s survivors include his two sons, Wyatt, 27, and Hayes, 18; his partner, Robbie Winne, and her two children, Elsie and Calla; and two step-children from a previous marriage, Rhea Moriarity and Adam Hopkins.
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