Local ski museum founder Don Simonton passes away

Local ski museum founder Don Simonton passes away
Local News

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Another of Vail’s pioneers has passed.Pastor Don Simonton died peacefully March 17 in Grand Junction. He was 86. Son Cliff writes “He is now with Mom (June) once again, astride two well-behaved horses, wrapped in the smells, sights and dappled light of the trail, heading for new adventures.”Simonton was born March 1, 1929, in Chicago. He earned degrees from Gettysburg (Pa.) College and Lutheran Theological Seminary, also in Gettysburg. Drawn by the mountains, he was the first of his family to travel west, where he spent several seasons working as a ranch hand and seasonal national park …

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