Philip N. Wright III |

Philip N. Wright III

Phil “Flip” Wright unexpectedly died Saturday.

Flip was born in Aspen on Dec. 29, 1954, to Joan and Phil Wright, founders of the Aspen Country Store. He graduated salutatorian from Aspen High School in 1973.After briefly attending Montana State University, Flip returned to Aspen and founded Alpine Woodworking in 1976. He became a master craftsman. Flip had a love for fly-fishing and golf.

He leaves behind his beloved daughter, Kristin; a sister, Jennifer Wright Watanabe of Osaka, Japan; two nieces, Asia Wright of Aspen and Neomi Watanabe of Tokyo, Japan, as well as many more family and friends.

A memorial is planned at Herron Park for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. with a reception following at the Elks Club.In lieu of flowers, two memorial funds are being set up at Alpine Bank in Aspen. One will be for Kristin’s education; the other will help with funeral and family expenses. If you wish to contribute, please send to Alpine Bank, 600 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611, attn: Mary Ryerson.

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