Scott Anderson Ryan |

Scott Anderson Ryan

Longtime valley local Scott Anderson Ryan passed away quietly in Florida of natural causes on Jan. 10, 2011.

He was born in San Francisco, to Rufus and Nancy Anderson Ryan (incredible and loving parents) on July 5, 1947. He is survived by his two sisters, Deborah “Dez” Ryan of New York and Mollie Woods of Vermont.

Scott moved to Aspen in 1970. As a young man, he worked at Aspen Highlands, first as a ski instructor for a couple of years, and then as a ski patrolman for five years. He also spent many years working out of Flagstaff, Ariz. enjoying the Grand Canyon as a professional boatman. He loved skiing, sail boarding and kayaking.

Aspen was still his home, where he married Diana Burton, who has always remained close even though their ways parted. Scott worked for Aspen Cabinet and Millwork as an interior designer. He was an amazing, fine artist, specializing in faces and portraits and had several openings in Aspen in the ’80s. His latter years were spent in Glenwood Springs with his longtime companion, Yorba Vigil. There he continued to design interiors and furniture. He was best known for his incredible sense of humor, his love of people and his infectious laugh. We, who have loved and enjoyed him, are all the wiser; for, “He, who laughs, laughs last … .”

A gathering in his honor is to be announced in the near future.

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