Erik O. Giese | AspenTimes.com

Erik O. Giese

Erik O. Giese passed away October 10, 2016, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida, at the age of 76.

Erik graduated from Garfield High School 1958. He graduated from the University of Washington and the UW school of Law in 1964. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He practiced maritime and personal injury law in Seattle.

He was a superb athlete competing at the national level in skiing, water skiing, cycling and sailing.

In 1963 he married Carolyn Noel of Yakima. They had a daughter, Noel.

In 1970 he married his present wife Mary Elizabeth Amthor, and shortly thereafter they moved to Aspen, Colorado. In 1973 he founded Comfort Products, Inc., a product development firm. Among the products they developed were the Footwarmer, the Flexon ski boot for Raichle Ski Boot Company of Switzerland, Easy Spirit shoes and many others. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Florida with friends. Their investments included Blockbuster Video, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and P.F. Changs, developing 100 locations in these areas. For the past 25 years he was involved with RBC Technologies, now known as Exothermic of College Station, Texas. He was very proud of his involvement with these firms and the difference he was able to make to so many people.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary E. of Aspen, Colorado, daughter Noel and granddaughter Ella, his sisters Isa and Gretl (Franz), brothers, Stephen, Emil and Peter (Juliana) and numerous nieces & nephews all of Seattle and his aunt Marian Arnott of Hawaii.


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