Peter Joseph Platek |

Peter Joseph Platek

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The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Peter Joseph Platek passed away Friday, July 11, 2008, in Grand Junction.

Pete was born and raised in Moodus, Conn., in 1963 with his mother and father, Caroline and Joseph, and his sister and brother, Karen and Garrett. He found his love of music at the early age of 9, when he learned to play the guitar and became a member of the folk group at his church.

After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, Pete’s love of the mountains and outdoors brought him to Aspen. He began his career as a chef, working for Creative Catering, and quickly found his niche as both chef and musician. Pete was a founding member of the Lone Pine Bluegrass Band, playing banjo and guitar, and singing. While working, Pete also found time for the things he loved, such as skiing, hiking and biking. Pete was always there to help out anyone in need and became an intricate member of this community with his infectious smile and loving heart.

In 1995, Pete met the love of his life, Diane Smith. Diane and Pete were married in 2000 on Snowmass Mountain, and, in 2005, they welcomed their son, Bryce, into the world. Pete’s greatest roles in life were that of husband and father, and he loved his family with a passion most could only dream of. Pete ultimately became the head chef of Gwyn’s High Alpine and could be seen most Thursdays playing at the Double Dog.

His spirit and legacy will be carried on by his wife, Diane; son, Bryce; his mother, Caroline; sister and brother-in-law Karen and Tom and their children, Mike and Katie; and his brother and sister-in-law, Garrett and Laura. His friends in Aspen will hold his memory in their hearts.

A memorial service will take place today at the wedding deck on Aspen Mountain. Free gondola rides to the service will be available from 10-10:30 a.m. Please bring a camp chair or blanket.

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