Richard F. Timmer IV
Richard F. Timmer IV, 40, of Aspen died Friday in Grand Junction from injuries sustained doing one of the things he loved, bicycling.Richard was born Feb. 1, 1964, in Denver, the son of Richard F. Timmer III and Nancy Lee Puffer Timmer, who survive him. Though he grew up in Fredericksburg, Texas, he spent every summer at the Crooked Creek Ranch on the Eagle/Thomasville Road above Thomasville, where he developed a passion for the mountains and the outdoors. Richard began a career competing in track and field in junior high school, but moved to Austin, Texas, during high school to compete at a higher level. At Westlake High School, he was state champion in the mile and two mile runs. He then attended Baylor University on a track scholarship.Following college he began a career in the computer business, which he continued throughout his life. His career path took him from Austin to Dallas, then Guam and finally back to Colorado, returning to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1991.Besides being known as the “computer guy,” Richard was an entrepreneur, developing numerous businesses in the valley. He began by reviving the Spring Creek Trout Farm, also located above Thomasville, which was a historic trout hatchery in the 1940s. He also participated in varied businesses, including hardwood flooring, commercial printing and a water bottling company.Though he worked hard at his various enterprises, his life was not about work. Richard met his wife, Karen Crepps, in 1993. They married in 1998 at the trout farm. He was a loving father to his stepchildren, Katie and Joe Turner.His hobbies were all focused on his love of the outdoors: running, hiking, camping and most recently, bicycling. Richard had a special gift of making a connection with all who came into contact with him. His sincerity and genuine interest in people touched so many who will remember him and who will miss him. His novel sense of humor will keep his family and friends laughing for many years to come.He will be memorialized in a service to be held Tuesday at the Prince of Peace Chapel in Aspen, with Pastor Tim Hawks of Hill Country Bible Church in Austin, Texas, officiating. After the service, a gathering will be held at The Aspen Club and Spa. Memorial contributions can be sent to Jody Cooper at Wells Fargo Bank.
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