Samuel John Briggs |

Samuel John Briggs

Sam Briggs passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at his home in Carbondale. He was born on Oct. 7, 1975, the son of David C. Briggs of White River Junction, Vt., and Sally A. Marcotte of Jericho, Vt.

Sam attended Thetford Academy and graduated from Hartford High School in 1994.

He attended Colorado Mountain College and later earned an associate’s degree in Network Systems Administration from Denver Technical College. In his work he was recognized by awards of excellence and dedication. Most recently he worked as an IT manager for Aspen Valley Hospital.

He became a true mountaineer and climbed all 54 of Colorado’s “fourteeners” (peaks over 14,000 feet) and at the time of his death was working toward the goal of climbing all of the remaining highest 100 peaks in Colorado. He was a competitive extreme skier and had taught skiing at Keystone. He loved the Colorado Rockies but had grown up hiking in both the White Mountains of New Hampshire including skiing in Tuckerman’s Ravine, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. He engaged his family in his interests and his enthusiasm for outdoor adventure.

He leaves his father and mother; two brothers, Benjamin Briggs of Victor, N.Y., and Ethan Briggs of San Diego, Calif., his maternal grandmother, Margaret Bonnie Briggs of White River Junction, Vt.; his godmother, Marion Tyler of Haverhill, N.H.; and many immediate extended family members who were all very close to him.

A memorial service will be held in the gallery of the Aspen Chapel on Monday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Colorado Mountain Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, or The American Lung Association. Donations can also be made to the Aspen Chapel to help cover memorial costs.

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