May 28, 2012
Peter Larrowe, age 98, passed away peacefully at his home on May 24, 2012.
His last hours were spent in the company of family and close friends.
Born Dwight Peter Larrowe in Portland, Oregon in 1914, Peter lived a remarkably full and interesting life.
Peter was both a conscientious objector to, and then a decorated infantry veteran of World War II. Then, as a trappist monk (for 25 years) he was sent to help build the Snowmass Monastery in 1956.
In 1971, realizing he no longer believed in religious doctrine, he left the monastery and Catholicism. He managed a halfway house for inner city youth in Portland for two years, then married and returned to Aspen, Snowmass Village and finally El Jebel. He officiated at many marriages, volunteered with the Lions Club, and was an outspoken peace and ethics activist.
More recently Peter was as a volunteer literacy instructor for children at the Basalt middle school. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Jony Larrowe, stepdaughter Christie Interlante, and stepsons Hap and Greg Poschman, daughters-in-law Patti Poschman and Maureen Poschman, and granddaughters Willow and Isabella Poschman.
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Before he passed on Peter expressed his love and appreciation for all his extended family and friends.
An informal remembrance of Peter Larrowe will take place in the fall. The family asks that Jony’s privacy be respected and that well wishers write an anecdote about their experience with Peter and send it to c/o PO Box 1329, Aspen, CO 81612 or post on PeterLarrowe on Facebook.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be sent to: HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley, 234 Cody Lane, Basalt, CO 81621.
Peter and Jony’s life together in Aspen was beautifully documented by Scott Condon in the May 16th, 2011 weekly edition of The Aspen Times, available online at: