Retired Aspen Middle School teacher Scott Edmondson died of cancer in his sleep on Aug. 30 at Aspen Valley Hospital. His wife, Lizzie Talenfeld, and stepdaughter, Haley Hoffman, were at his side; his stepson, Jesse Hoffman, said goodbye to Scott shortly before he died.
Scott was born in Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 10, 1946, and grew up surfing and skiing. He went to Long Beach State and then to the University of Southern California, where he obtained his teaching certificate.Scott moved to Aspen in 1972 with several friends and his brother, Bobby. After working at the Shaft and other old-time Aspen haunts, Scott joined the Aspen Middle School staff, teaching sixth and eighth grades.For the next 28 years, Scott blended his humor, his discipline and his insight to shape Aspen’s sixth- and eighth-graders. He even had the opportunity to teach the children of some of his first students.
He perpetuated and nurtured the Outdoor Education Program, making winter camping a special and rewarding experience for all sixth-graders. He was a founding board member of the Aspen Youth Center and Aspen Cycling Club.Scott was an accomplished climber, mountaineer, cyclist, skier, surfer and hunter. He was a top-10 bike racer in his class in the nation. He loved to ski in Aspen, Alta and Chamonix. Scott had the original idea for America’s Uphill to determine which mode of winter travel was the fastest up Aspen Mountain.
His most endearing qualities of loyalty, friendship and love were extended to each of his friends and in particular to his family. His mental strength and guidance made a lasting impression on Haley and Jesse. He was deeply devoted to Lizzie, and they shared a special and enduring bond and closeness through good and challenging times.Scott is survived by his wife Lizzie, his stepchildren Haley and Jesse, his brothers Bobby and Mark, and his nieces, Julie and Carrie. A memorial service will be held at Bumps restaurant at Buttermilk on Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Contributions for a National Outdoor Leadership School Scholarship in Scott’s name should be made to the special account at any Alpine Bank.
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