Jeffrey Wayne Pietrowski
1953 - 2021
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Jeff Pietrowski, formerly of Durango Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on February, 11, 2021 from surgical complications stemming from COVID-19. Jeff was born in Santa Monica, California on April 21, 1953. He grew up

In Whittier, California where he attended La Serna High School and later earned his B.A. degree at San Diego State. He had the best roommate which was his cousin Barbara Ann Pietrowski. He nurtured his compassion for disadvantaged children by volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Whittier and had so much empathy for those underserved in the community. Jeff moved to Mammoth Lakes, California after college where he managed the family ski shop which enabled him to spend time outdoors doing the things he loved: skiing, hiking, and camping. He became an advocate for the Special Olympics organization due to his older brother being born with cerebral palsy and helped organize the Winter Special Olympics in Mammoth Lakes and later in Lake Havasu, Arizona. After meeting and marrying his wife, Rosemary, they eventually moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where they owned a sports shop overlooking the famous "London Bridge" for 12 years. Jeff served on the Parks and Recreation Board and was instrumental in many projects. His love of the mountains brought them to Durango in 1999 where he worked at Purgatory Resort. The highlight of one of his days came when singer Arlo Guthrie wandered in for coffee and he and Jeff had a long conversation about life. Jeff was encouraged to start his own business, JP Handyman after doing renovations on his home and neighbor's and it was a success for over 11 years. He was an active member of Saint Columbia Catholic Church, a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member, and helped form the Men's Group. He had many friends and was known for his joking and quick wit along with his big heart. A move to Arizona in 2018 brought them closer to family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Jerri Pietrowski, stepmother, Virginia Pietrowski, brothers Joel and Jimmy Pietrowski. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years and best friend, Rosemary, family members, Greg Ostrander, Lisa Crawford (Craig), Laurie Maziek (Ostrander), grandsons Kyle Ostrander (Haley) Logan Ostrander, Bonnie and Jenna Pietrowski, cousins Barbara Ann Valdez, (Reuben) Bob Pietrowski, nephew and Godson Sean Valdez, Katrina Mosesso (Angelo), cousins Tom Wilmhurst, Margie Rickards, and Mary Schamber. He was especially close to his brothers-in-law, Dick Elewaut (Terry) and Father Tom Elewaut, Bob Elewaut (Lorraine), Marlou Elewaut, and nephews and nieces. A live stream Memorial Mass will be celebrated on March 6, 2021 at 12:00 PST at Mission San Buenaventura Mission Church, Ventura, California, In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Yosemite Association or La Plata County Humane Society.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Feb. 17, 2021.
Memorial Mass
12:00 PM
Mission San Buenaventura Mission Church
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February 22, 2021
Dear Rosemary and family: Sid and I are so very sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed Jeff's stories and looked forward to seeing you when we return to SCG from Canada. He had a great sense of humor and will be missed.
Cathy Bildfell
February 19, 2021
Rosemary and family,
Jeff was always a happy guy, fun to have as a customer. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Janet and Michael Kuss
February 18, 2021
He was a good person, I use to work with him at Purg and purchased his camper, not to many people had his integrity and compassion and for that Jeff has earned all my respect and his place awaits him in Heaven, will see you soon my Dear friend and loyal neighbor.
Bob Rau
February 18, 2021
I am so thankful and blessed to have met and known Papa Jeff for 5 years. I knew from our first family dinner after Logan’s graduation that I was always going to have to have a comeback ready for his loving jokes :) we have enjoyed family gatherings, breakfast in Las Vegas, Palm Springs surprise birthdays, visits to TX (he especially loved our bbq), and he ALWAYS knew the spoilers on the Hallmark Christmas movies we watched together, like those plots are predictable (we laughed about this after every one). We love and miss you Papa Jeff.
Haley Ostrander
February 18, 2021
Haley Ostrander
February 17, 2021
Beautifully written to honor a loving man. I will miss visiting and listening to his entertaining stories and his wonderful laughter. May God bless you and all who knew and loved Jeff.
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