Martin David Siegel
Martin David Siegel died April 3, 2014, peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was 86 years old. Born in New York City, Martin was a life-long resident of Ft Worth, Texas, and Aspen, Co.
A graduate of Georgia Tech and a Mason, Martin served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and was an avid pilot for many years.
He first experienced the Roaring Fork Valley in 1957 while refueling at the Aspen airport. Impressed by the natural beauty of the area, he returned in 1962 to camp with his wife Evelyn and four sons at Maroon Bells Campground. Staying longer than originally planned, they fell in love with the Valley and the art community that was beginning to thrive there. This was the beginning of many summers spent vacationing in the area, which grew into winters skiing and finally a home in Aspen.
His wife Evelyn was an art teacher, and both Evelyn and Martin were involved in the early days of the Anderson Ranch. This became a lifelong passion for them. As Martin became more involved in the community, he also became a board member of the Deaf Camp in old Snowmass. A Patron of the arts, summers always found them at the music tent.
Watching the fireworks at their 4th of July party on Red Mountain became a tradition for many in Aspen from the early 70’s until they moved to Meadowood in the late 90’s. Evelyn and Martin were early members of the Aspen Jewish Congregation and planned their summers in Aspen around the high holidays. Their Rosh Hashanah luncheons were a holiday highlight for many of their friends. Martin’s outgoing ways and generous hospitality made him many friends in the RF Valley.
Martin enjoyed tennis and golf and a nice glass of wine on the deck of their Red Mountain Home with his golden retriever at his feet.
Martin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn, and by his sons and their wives, Jeff and Pam Siegel, Terry and Cynthia Siegel, Jon and Suzie Siegel, and Aaron and Nancy Siegel; grandchildren, Jason and Danielle Siegel, Courtney and Will Landes, Jennifer, Sean, Tara, Samantha, Allison, Jessica, Emily, Caren, Katie and Isaac Siegel; great-grandson, Jack; sister and her husband, Caryl and Bob Stock; brother and his wife, William and Jean Siegel; numerous nieces and nephews and their families, including valley residents Rebecca and Doug Leibinger and countless lifelong friends in Texas and Colorado.
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