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Frederick K. Martinson

Aspen Times writer

Frederick K. Martinson, a former longtime ski instructor at Snowmass, died March 25 at his residence in Boulder. He was 70.

Martinson died of heart failure following an extended illness.

He worked as a ski instructor with the Snowmass Ski School for more than 20 years. Friends and students remember him as a skier who loved skiing bumps and running gates.

In addition to his work locally, he also worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Bureau of Land Management in Denver for more than 25 years and resided in Denver and Boulder at various times.

Before moving to Vail in 1968 to pursue his passion for skiing, Martinson worked as a chemical engineer in the oil-refining and petrochemical industry with Amoco, Exxon and Allied Chemical in Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Ontario.


He earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University, a master’s of business administration from Denver University and a doctorate of business in math operations research from the University of Colorado. He also did advanced math work at Rutgers University and taught courses in business and math at both Denver University and the University of Colorado.

In addition to skiing, Martinson loved biking, hiking, classical guitar, reading and any intellectual challenge. Friends will miss his wit, humor and friendship.

A memorial service will be held in Aspen in early summer, at a time and place to be announced later.

Martinson had no surviving relatives.