( October 5, 1939 – October 29, 2014 )
Peter Harrison Angell passed away at home in Boulder on October 29 after a struggle with Multiple System Atrophy. He was 75.
Pete was born in Mount Vernon, New York, to Raymond R. Angell and Dorothy Harrison Angell. He grew up in Delta, Colorado, where he worked at the family’s Angell Canyon Ranch. He chipped his tooth on a bull’s head at a rodeo and rafted the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on a log, using his horse to haul him out, among other adventures.
He attended the University of Colorado where he played football and worked as a sorority-house hasher. Pete studied physics under Frank Oppenheimer during the infancy of computing.
Pete left CU and was in Cuba as part of the Bay of Pigs invasion. He worked as a Smokejumper in the Northwest, parachuting out of aircraft to fight forest fires in the summers and skiing in Utah and Washington State when the snow flew.
Pete and Patricia Quaal were married in Prairie City, South Dakota in 1972. That day was the last time he shaved.
He worked as Circulation Manager and then General Manager of a small local weekly, the Town and Country Review.
For many years Pete was co-owner of the Highlander Inn Motel in Boulder, having started there as a maintenance man, later becoming Head of Housekeeping and General Manager. He was active in the Boulder Hotel & Motel Association and organized many of their activities including the Holiday Creek Walk.
Pete loved riding his motorcycle and skiing, especially at Alta and Arapahoe Basin. He was an expert skier and patient instructor of both children and adults. Pete enjoyed his rustic cabin in Silverthorne and “ritualing” with friends and family at his camper in the A-Basin parking lot, both before and long after the lifts had closed. He adored good tequila and bad weather.