EDWARDS — Friends are gathering to send two locals, who’ve lived in the valley for 40 years, on their way to Arizona.
Pam and Denny Stoner have been around Vail almost since there was a Vail, working in many of the town’s original restaurants and businesses. Denny Stoner was one of the founding members of the Vail Rugby Club.
Just like so many of us, Denny Stoner moved to town thinking he’d stay a year. He moved to Vail with Dale Ohde in 1973 to play rugby and ski for a winter. In 1978 he landed in the construction industry and never left.
Denny Stoner won Singletree’s first club golf championship in a playoff over Carl Dietz. He played more than 20 years of competitive rugby at the University of Iowa, Des Moines Rugby Club and at the L.A. Rugby Club. Last month he was elected to the Vail Rugby Hall of Fame.
“My best memories of Vail were the late ’70s when you knew everyone, you could leave your car in the heart of Vail Village overnight after having a few too many after work and not worry about it being ticketed or towed, and cell phones and computers weren’t a necessity or even really in existence,” Denny Stoner said.
Pam Stoner arrived in 1977 from Harbor Springs, Mich., when her boyfriend at the time had taught skiing in Lionshead the year before.
After six or seven years she moved to Minneapolis for a year to find a normal job, with 9-to-5 hours.
“That didn’t last long,” she said.
She met Denny Stoner almost 21 years ago when he was working for Chupa Nelson. They were married in October of 1996.
They’re headed to Cave Creek, Ariz., to play golf, and ride bicycles and motorcycles all year round.