Long-time Aspenite, Gene Law , passed away at Aspen Valley Hospital on February 6, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. His beloved wife and companion of 41 years, Luky Seymour, was at his side.
Gene was an only child born to Zel and Glenn Law. While growing up in Fresno, California, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Pacific Ocean, Gene developed a strong love for nature. His passion for the outdoors was nourished by his participation in scouting. He was always very proud to be an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement and rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program.
In his early teens, Gene began skiing on a small mountain called Badger Pass near Fresno. He made his first pair of skis, complete with bear trap bindings, in his high school’s wood shop class.
Seeking both travel and adventure, Gene knew he wanted to experience a different lifestyle from that of his peers. In his early 20s, he sailed across the Atlantic on a 72-foot boat and then traveled around the world on a Vespa. For two years, he lived in Saint Anton, Austria, skiing everyday while attending the University of Innsbruck.
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In 1969, Gene settled in Aspen where he worked as a general contractor and developer. At 40 years-of-age, he retired to pursue his passions – skiing, trekking, sailing and golf. During the next 20 years, he skied all the Canadian helicopter ski areas. He and Luky bareboated all over the world with friends. He went on treks to Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, Africa, Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Mount Elbrus, Russia, Peru, China and Tibet. Golfing consumed his life in his 50s and 60s. He took great pride in being the first Golf Member at the Maroon Creek Club. To all who knew and admired him, Gene was a kind, sweet and thoughtful man. He relished his solitary time, reading the National Geographic, Discover magazine, every book written by Carl Sagan or, maybe, just sitting on his deck with its spectacular view of Ajax, “sipping a Gray Goose on ice!”
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his well-known Australian Shepherds, Lady Girl and Boots Brown. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Luky Seymour.
Luky will be eternally grateful to the Aspen Valley Hospital doctors, nurses and hospice staff for their loving care and kindness during Gene’s lengthy illness.
A Celebration of Life will be held on March 23rd at the Maroon Creek Club from 4 to 6pm.
Good night, sweet Bear: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
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