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Charles H. Siegele, friend, husband, father, and brother, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from a rare complication following a routine medical procedure. He was 70. Charlie was born on June 6, 1947, to Herbert and Katherine (Rush) Siegele, in Durango, CO. A foot of snow greeted the newborn, an omen his mother later would say predicted his love of winter and skiing. Charlie graduated from Durango High in 1965 and graduated the first time from Fort Lewis College in 1970, after which he opted to become Durango's first conscientious objector to the

Vietnam War. He spent his two-year service washing dishes at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, where he met his first wife, Rosie Jackson. They married in 1972, and in 1974, his only child, Richard Siegele, was born. The marriage later ended in divorce. They remained friends throughout his life. Charlie met the love of his life, Deborah Uroda, in 1984 and married three years later. Charlie was a quiet, behind-the-scenes leader with dozens of unacknowleged contributions to the community. He worked at Purgatory Resort for 28 years. His contributions at the ski area

are too many to list, but he was recognized for his devotion to the resort when the run Siegele Street was named in his honor. After his divorce from Purgatory in 1996, Charlie returned to Fort Lewis College and earned a

computer science degree in 2001 at the tender age of 54. He joined the StoneAge team in 2005 and often said that the teamwork he experienced there reminded him of his early years at Purgatory where he developed many of his lifelong friendships. Charlie was a founding member of the National Ski Patrol of Southwest Colorado and helped to establish the annual Ski Swap that still exists to this day. He was a founding board member of Community Connections and the Adaptive Sports Association. He was involved with Snowdown from the first year with the inaugural Ski Patrol/ Ski School Snow Softball Game, and he later served on the Snowdown board for more than 20 years. Charlie was the consummate outdoorsman who loved to hunt, hike, camp, and ski.

He was preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his wife, his son, and his sister, Susie Siegele; his niece, Sidney Uroda; and his nephews, Bentley O'Quinn and Marshall Uroda. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 27, at the Junction Creek Group Picnic Area. Details will be published at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Southwest Colorado to support inclusive and equal access to public education for all children with disabilities: 1199 Main Ave., Suite 216, Durango, CO 81301 or online at thearcofswco.org. Charlie's resilience and fortitude will live on if we remember to accept responsibility for who we

are and what we do, avoid blame or recriminations, move forward through adversity, celebrate the little victories in life, and most importantly, ski the conditions.
Published in The Durango Herald on Dec. 18, 2017
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