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Richard John Roth

Richard John Roth, 58, died at University Hospital in Denver on May 19, 2006.Rico suffered a massive heart attack at Aspen Municipal Golf Course on May 15 while golfing with a dear friend. Rico died of complications on May 19. His family takes comfort in that he left them with a golf club in his hand. As is fitting, Rico’s brother Mike, his brother Jim, his nephews Erik and Michael, as well as his best and oldest friend, Shep Harris, were at Rico’s bedside during his final days.Rico first visited the Aspen Valley, which he was to call home for many years, in 1966. Rick worked in construction and the restaurant business in Aspen for several years before moving to Key West, Fla. Rick worked as a certified flying instructor in Key West and as a pilot for Southern Express Airlines. He built his dream house on the ocean in the Keys, and together with his former wife, Patti, raised their daughter, Rachel.The light of Rick’s life was his daughter, Rachel Abby Roth. Rachel preceded Rico in death on May 19, 1994 (13 years to the day). Rick had a dear relationship with his many nieces and nephews, and was a great uncle. Rick instilled a love of athletics and a passion for life in the young generation of a truly close family that thought he hung the moon. After retirement, Rico traveled extensively. He had been to Vietnam, Central America, the Pacific and Caribbean islands, and his beloved Thailand. He prided himself in learning to speak the languages native to the places he traveled.After retirement, Rick traveled and spent time with his family in Madison, Wis., and in his beloved Aspen Valley. Rick was employed in the valley as a golf instructor at Aspen Municipal Golf Club, and worked for his close friends Shep and Mary Harris at the Woody Creek Tavern.To some extent, Rico’s life was all things Aspen. He moved to the valley at the height of the “Rocky Mountain High” era. Rico, Patti and Rachel lived on Red Mountain. His family has many fond memories of ski vacations on Red Mountain, spending time with Rick, Patti and Rachel. Rick was an avid skier and a volunteer with Aspen Mountain Rescue. Rico was a fixture among the Aspen nightlife. He enjoyed the atmosphere of the Red Onion and the Woody Creek Tavern. Rico’s final stay in the valley was as a roommate of Garth Wilson’s in Woody Creek. Rico loved golf and many other athletic endeavors. He was a fixture at the Aspen Municipal Golf Course, which he recalled fondly to his family in hole-by-hole accounts.Rico’s family will be coming to Aspen to celebrate his life. The family asks that Rico’s friends join them at 3 p.m. on June 24 at the Woody Creek Tavern. There will be a potluck and short sendoff. Those unable to attend, or those willing to contribute memories to Rico’s Memorial Service, may contact the family at friendsofrico@gmail.com. We love you, Rico, now go with Rachel. Your brothers, Jim and Mike; sisters, Mary and Jayne; nephews, Erik, Mike and Jon; nieces, Beth, Janet, Katy, Kristen, Jennifer and Melissa.


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