Michael Boynton Adler
Michael (Mike) Adler was adopted by Mortimer J. Adler and Helen Leavenworth Boynton Adler from the cradle in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Chicago and San Francisco spending summers on a family compound on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, until the age of eight. Beginning in 1949, he spent summers in Aspen, Colorado, where his father founded the Aspen Institute. He attended the Rocky Mountain School, and was drafted from Pitkin County in 1958 serving 5 years in the United States Army. Three children were born during his marriage to Ann Williams Witte of Omaha, Nebraska. He is survived by his children Sandi “Treasure” Elliott of Grand Junction, Colorado, Peter (Debbie) Adler, of Arvada, Colorado, and Jennifer Adler of Omaha, Nebraska. After military service, he worked 19 years for Mutual of Omaha as an underwriting manager. He married his soul mate and current wife, Pam Christensen, on June 4, 1977. From this union, Morgan (Justin) Leeson of Fruita, Colorado, was born. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, and survived by his wife, Pam, 3 brothers, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. After retiring from Mutual of Omaha, he held a variety of jobs. But his greatest joy was volunteering in service to others, especially America’s youth. For 5 years, he coordinated the Garfield/Pitkin County Fair which focused on 4H, FFA, and Rodeo club members. Mike and Pam lived in Grand Junction where he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2009. Doctors told him he had only months to live. However, his passion for Aspen Camp was a substantial reason for him beating the odds. His many hours of volunteer service to Aspen Camp brought forth a new board of trustees and a renaissance of the only year-round camp serving deaf and hard of hearing people from around the globe. He revived the Deaf Camp Picnic last July and worked to bring music to the mountains again this July 18 & 19. On April 8, 2014, surrounded by his children, grandchildren and friends, he celebrated his 74th birthday. In the early hours of April 17, Mike lost his battle with cancer just hours after his last Aspen Camp committee meeting. Many lives are forever touched by his generosity, humor, kindness and spirit. There will be a celebration of Mike’s life at Monument Presbyterian Church, 2020 1⁄2 South Broadway, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81507, at 3:00 pm, Friday, April 25, 2014. In lieu of flowers, Mike requested memorial gifts be made to Aspen Camp, 4862 Snowmass Creek Road, Snowmass, Colorado, 81654 (www.aspencamp.org), or a memorial tree for the Monument Presbyterian Church (http:// monumentpc.org/).
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