Vail Daily obituary: Michael Zahnen, 1961-2013
August 7, 2013
Michael "Mikey Z" Zahnen, 52, passed away June 23.
He was born Feb. 25, 1961, in Chicago. Mike lived in the Vail Valley from 1993 to 2009. As a lover of the outdoors, he found his first love as a ski instructor in Vail. Mike had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed kayaking, golf, cycling, and fishing. Mike moved to Jackson, Wyo., in 2009, and was a ski instructor at Jackson Hole. His Men's Club membership with the Mankind Project was also a huge part of his life. Michael is survived by his parents, Joe and Carol Runtz; sister Diana Lee Marziani; brothers Joe Runtz and John Runtz; and Belfry, his wire terrier and constant companion. He was preceded in death by his sister Christine A. Runtz.
A memorial service was held on June 28.