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T.J. Krest

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T.J. Krest, owner of Shiloh H.M. Builders and resident of Carbondale, passed away Feb. 8. He was 72.

T.J. was born Feb. 15, 1943, in Rochester, N.Y., and moved with his family to Colorado in 1946. He graduated from Golden High School before enlisting in the Navy. He earned a computer science degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, then worked for IBM in Kansas City, Mo., and Storage Tech in Boulder for many years. T.J. had lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 20 years.

He was married for 15 years to Dawn Singer, who survives.

Among those who preceded T.J. in death were his daughter, Shiloh, and a sister, Dianna Kukla. Survivors include two brothers, David Krest

and Steve Krest of Marvel, and a sister, Susan Krest Kelly of Lee1s Summit, Mo.; five nieces, Paige Krest of Hawaii, Kimberly Darcy of St. Augustine, Fla., Michelle Boylan of Fort Plain, N.Y., Ashley Krest of Paonia, Colo., and Amanda Krest of Crockett, Calif.; and one nephew, Mark Kukla of Webster, N.Y.

T.J. was an avid rafter, spending most of his summers on rivers throughout the West.

This is a tremendous loss to all of us. T.J. was a generous father, brother and uncle. He was generous, funny, caring and kind. He touched our lives in many ways. He loved life and shared that passion with all those who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed.

The family is planning a celebration of his life in the summer.

Open Aspen Memorial service will be held at the Aspen Chapel, on Feb. 24th at noon, reception to follow.

A memorial fund in his honor will be set up at Let1s Play, an educational organization for youth in the Denver area (1340 Sixth Street, Boulder, 80302).

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