A. Stephen Crowley, a long time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, died on December 28th 2013. He was 72.
Steve was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended University of Kansas graduating with a Bachelor’s in Economics and English.
Steve stumbled upon Aspen on a college ski trip with his buddies. Typical to Steve’s nature he picked up a book at a gas station on “How to Ski”, read it while friends drove, and immediately tested his new knowledge on the slopes. A few years later in 1963, after a summer spent working on the Flaming Gorge Dam, he passed through Aspen again while on his way to graduate school. With only a few dollars left in his pocket, he found a job at Guido’s for food and gas money. He fell in love with the valley and stayed. In his early years in Aspen, Steve was a residential building contractor. His love for woodworking grew and started Aspen Cabinet and Millwork in 1964. This year marks the 50th anniversary; a business that has filled many homes with beautifully crafted woodwork and fine furniture.
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Steve married Janice R. Rowley, the love of his life, in 1970. Their mutual fondness for the outdoors motivated them to raise their children in the beauty of Lenado. After eight years they returned to Aspen and eventually moved to Carbondale where they have lived ever since. Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, camping, hunting, off-road motorcycle racing, and river running were activities the whole family delighted. Steve’s love of animals assured there was always a dog along for the ride.
Steve was an active community member serving the board of the Aspen Community School and Compass for several years. His deep love of music led him to learn to play the violin and over the years he was an member of Symphony in the Valley and various string bands.
Steve has been a beloved companion and husband to Janice for 45 years. Together they raised two children who, along with a spouse and grandchildren have been the center of their lives. They are: daughter Amber Crowley, son-in-law Jim Gohery, grandchildren Doone and Seamus, and their son Ragnar Crowley. Steve also cared for and deeply valued the love of his brother Kent Crowley and sister Kathy Crowley. The Crowley family feels so blessed to have had a solid, loving, artistic and intelligent man in their lives. Aside from family Steve had a divers group of friends whose relationships he greatly valued. He was known by his friends as a loyal, generous, soft-spoken man of integrity and will be deeply missed.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the River Valley Ranch Barn on Sunday January 12, 2014 beginning at 5pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wyly Community Art Center.
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