Jack Kaufman, Colorado real estate developer and consultant, died on December 31, 2014, age 69, at home in Aspen after a long illness. He was raised in the Chicago suburbs of Evanston and Wilmette, Illinois, then headed west and became an avid skier, outdoorsman and lifelong Colorado resident. He earned undergrad and MBA degrees from the University of Denver, and served with honor in the US Army in Vietnam, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. His long career in commercial and residential real estate development included the Polo Reserve community in Littleton, Colorado. He was an active member of the T Lazy 7 ranch and Aspen communities for 50 years. He assisted with the Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteer team, and supported the VA Winter Sports Clinic sponsored by the Grand Junction VA Medical Center, which allows vets to enjoy ski and snowmobile trips. His love of adventure took him from ski areas in Europe to scuba dives in Belize, camping and boating on Lake Powell, and developing a ranch in Hotchkiss, Colorado. He was an avid reader, with strong interests in the history of the western US and US economics and politics. Jack is survived by three sisters: Dana Varnum of Chagrin Falls, OH, Barbara Welanetz of Durham, NC and Mardy Medders of Westlake Village, CA. His sisters, professional colleagues and extended family at T-Lazy-7 will miss his irreverent humor, sharp intellect, courage, and his loyal and generous spirit. A memorial will be held in Aspen in June, on a date to be announced. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to any VA center, in honor of his service and lifetime support of his fellow vets.
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