Richard Parker |

Richard Parker

Richard Parker, the founder of Aspen Travel and a former president of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce, died May 30 after suffering a heart attack in Washington, Calif. He was 76 years old. Parker lived in Aspen for close to 30 years, according to longtime friend and Woody Creek resident Dave Hoff, before returning to his native California in the mid-1980s.”He was witty, very bright and had a terrific personality – he was a very good friend of many people,” Hoff said. “The main thing that he did for this community is he volunteered for the [Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club] and was the chief timer on World Cup and local ski races.” Parker was preceded in death by his son, Christian, and is survived by his other son, Alex, of Sand Point, Idaho. A memorial scholarship fund has been set up at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club in Parker’s name, which will help competitive athletes in need of financial support. There are no plans for a memorial service.

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