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Obituary: Gregory Raile

Gregory Raile

July 12, 1967 – June 27, 2020

Gregory Raile (Greg), 52, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 27, 2020 at the hospital after an accident on Friday June, 26, 2020 at his Thornton, Colorado home. Greg graduated from Overland High School in Aurora, CO in 1985 and went on to attend Colorado State University where he studied Computer Science. He graduated from Denver Technical College in 1991 where he studied Electrical Engineering. After graduating, Greg worked as a Systems Engineer for the Town of Vail for 20 years and was most recently employed by the City of Westminster as a Software Engineer. Greg’s passion for programming began at 12 years old. Greg married Karen, the love of his life, in June 2015. Greg’s other passions included Camaros, Heavy Metal Music, remote controlled cars, cooking, grilling, camping and he absolutely loved being a stepfather to Sam, Dennis and Rachel. Greg is survived by his wife, Karen Raile, stepchildren Sam, Dennis, and Rachel Noland. Greg is also survived by his parents Keith and Shirley Raile of Surprise, Arizona, and his sister Julie (Brian) Richard of Coshocton, Ohio. As well as Nephew Matthew Brake (Michelle Hennessy), Nieces Danielle (Jeff) Schumacher, and Samantha (Sean) Sewell all of Denver, CO. Due to current world events a celebration of life will be held in the future as conditions allow family to travel safely. Greg will be dearly missed by his many friends, co-workers and family. The world will not be the same without Greg. He always had a smile on his face and laughter in his voice for friends and strangers alike. Thank you to all who knew and loved him. We ask that if anyone is so inclined, they donate time, money, or food to a local food bank in Greg’s memory.

Obituary: Manuel “Shorty” Medina Jr.

Manuel “Shorty”

Medina Jr.

July 7, 1983 – July 26, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Manuel “Shorty” Medina, on July 26th, 2020. He received his nickname as a young boy and it stuck with him, even though he ended up being the tallest in his family. He was born in Glenwood Springs, CO on July 7th, 1983 and was a lifelong resident of Gypsum, CO. Shorty started working at a young age for M & M Tire & Auto, a family-owned business named after him and his brother Matt, and quickly learned how to master changing a tire and making a friend at the same time. He could develop a lifelong friendship within a few minutes of meeting someone and always referred to everyone he knew as his “buddy.” You couldn’t find a friendlier tire man in the valley. He loved the Colorado mountains and anything to do with the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and boating. Above all else, his greatest joy was his daughter Mariah. Shorty had a heart of gold and was loved by all who knew him. He will be remembered as someone who was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and known for leaving an everlasting impact on all of those who knew him. With Shorty gone there’s a hole left in our hearts, but we know for him, it’s just the beginning of an eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his daughter Mariah, girlfriend Nicole Sisneros, parents Manny and Darlene Medina of Florence, CO, grandma Frances Quintana of Minturn, CO, sister Lennea (Bill) Richardson of Royse City, TX, brother Matt (Jerilynn) Medina of Gypsum, CO, nephews Marcus and Matthew, nieces Kaylene, Rachel, Mattilynn and Amylynn, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Isidoro Quintana, paternal grandfather Juan Manuel Medina, paternal grandmother Adelina Medina and uncle OJ Quintana. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to an account made for his daughter Mariah at Wells Fargo Bank in Eagle.

The family would also like to thank the numerous people who have brought meals, loved on us, prayed for us, and comforted us during our time of grief.

Obituary: Carol Richardson

Carol Richardson

July 24, 2020

Carol Richardson passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, July 24, 2020, after a difficult battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family members and friends, who already miss her deeply.

When Carol moved to Vail in 1988, she began a life of more than 30 years in Eagle County, making lasting impressions and landing squarely in the hearts of everyone she met. If she didn’t pour you a cold one while bartending at the Westin and Vail Cascade (for more than 20 years!), you may have caught a glimpse as she hit the slopes in her bikini! In the late nineties, Carol and her husband Gary moved to Gypsum and created a lovely homestead while raising their daughter, Cheyenne, the light of their lives. In recent years, Carol was the face of the 14K Cafe at Eagle County Regional Airport, becoming a favorite of both local travelers and tourists alike. In a valley where the faces so often change from season to season, Carol was a cherished presence for decades.

Friends, family, and community members are invited to join the Richardson’s in remembrance and celebration of Carol’s larger than life spirit.

Carol Richardson’s Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 1, 2020 | 3:30PM – Sunset

310 Eagle St, Gypsum, CO 81637

At 5PM, we’ll raise a glass in cheers, and share stories of our favorite bartender, who was truly so much more. Carol also requested guests wear pink and white. Much to Cheyenne’s chagrin, Carol loved to dress her daughter in pink, so we suspect this request is a final attempt to make us all chuckle!

Snacks and Bonfire beer will be provided, and you are welcome to BYOB if you prefer to toast with something different. Please bring a camp chair and mask or face covering, and remember to observe social distancing. Parking is VERY limited, so please plan to carpool when possible. You can park along Eagle Street, but please don’t block neighbors’ driveways. You can also park in Gypsum near the town park, and walk down Eagle St. from there, where you will find the Richardson home at the very end of the street.

Please RSVP by text: 303.594.1988 or email amanda@bonfirebrewing.com, so that we can plan for space and supplies.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being collected to assist the Richardson family with medical expenses and funeral costs. Donate via GoFundMe (search Carol Richardson) or by mail, c/o Bonfire Brewing, PO Box 5276, Eagle, CO 81631

Obituary: Susan Beneville Talucci

Susan Beneville


November 26, 1939 – July 15, 2020

Susan Beneville Talucci, AKA Boom Boom and Fantastic Sue, passed away on July 15th at the age of 80 surrounded by her family.

Sue was born in Mt. Lakes, NJ on November 26, 1939 to Patricia and Edward Beneville and graduated from Mt. Lakes HS in 1957. She had five siblings: Edward, Diane, Billy, Tish, and Biff. Sue’s sole surviving sibling Tish continues to carry on with Sue’s zest for life, amazing parenting and grand-parenting, and can-do attitude.

Sue attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA where she met the love of her life, John F. Talucci, from Lehigh University. Throughout her life she moved her entire family 5 times including 3 international moves to support her family.

She was the most amazing and loving mother of 6 children: John, Tom, Mark, Susie McWilliams, Dan, and Matt, and cherished and loved all 12 of her grandchildren; Samantha, David, Kelly, Johnny, Jake, Nick, Molly, Jordyn, Bryseda, Marky, Eddy, and Dylan.

Boom Boom was an unstoppable force in all facets of her life and passions, of which she had many; family, philanthropy, business, golf, politics, entertaining, sense of humor, and her undeclared panache. When Sue set her mind to something the outcome was already determined. Whether it was raising money for cancer research producing a sold-out show called “Gold Diggers” or hosting a party in her home to “Pad the Bra”. When Lyndon Johnson’s motorcade was not going to stop at Cedar Crest College, it was Sue who single handedly ran into the highway to stop the motorcade.

She had a sense of style whether it was one of her many beautiful hats, her home décor, or her ability to entertain and set a table. Sue was a driver who got things done and she did it in a way that was always respectful. One of her favorite quotes was, “You get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” She also liked to relax and have a good time; vacationing in Avalon, NJ, playing bridge and poker, discussing politics, investing in the stock market, gardening, and learning to snow ski later in life.

Her memorial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to http://latinascontracancer.org/or mailed to Latinas Contra Cancer, 255 N. Market Street, #175, San Jose, CA 95110.

Online condolences: www.donohuefuneralhome.com

Arrg. by: The Donohue Funeral Home, Wayne, PA 19087, 610-989-9600

Obituary: Sandra Lou Goodson Craft Lloyd

Sandra Lou

Goodson Craft Lloyd

September 29, 1934 – July 20, 2020

Surrounded by her devoted family and caregivers, Sandy passed away peacefully at her home on July 20, 2020 after a long illness. Sandy was born in Washington, D.C. to Harriet Westfall Goodson and Harry Clifford Goodson, Jr. They lived in Wichita, Kansas, New Orleans and Los Alamos where Sandy graduated from Los Alamos High School where she received the first of her awards for being beautiful and gracious as Homecoming Queen. She attended college as a proud Pi Beta Phi at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She married Cecil I. Craft in 1956 where she taught elementary school for a year while Cecil finished his final year at Colorado School of Mines. They moved frequently in the oil business until Cecil established his own business in New Orleans. Sandy was the accomplished hostess who could arrange a party in a few hours doing the cooking and decorating herself, all the while managing the six children. In New Orleans, Sandy was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Association and a member of the Symphony League.

The Craft family moved to Houston when the business was relocated there. Sandy continued her hostessing duties along with her contributions to many charitable organizations. She was a member of the Houston Racquet Club, a Camp Fire Leader, an officer in the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Association and a board member in the Delia Stewart Dance Company.

After her divorce, she worked at Rice University in the Pre Med and Pre Law Department. A woman of many talents, she also worked as a successful sales person for an advertising company.

With the children now grown, and as she had always loved Colorado, she bravely sold her home on Voss Road and embarked on her new adventure. She settled in Vail and while on a Club Fifty hike, met Charles Lloyd, a resident of Dallas and Vail. After a whirlwind romance, they married in Dallas on April 30, 1994.

After several years, they sold their two Vail homes and together built their beautiful dream home in Beaver Creek. Charles and Sandy enjoyed being members of a couples’ book club and the Beaver Creek Club. They were also charter board members of the Round Up River Ranch, Paul Newman’s Camps for severely ill children.

Because of Sandy’s fragile condition due to osteoporosis, they made the difficult decision to sell their Beaver Creek home. They moved back to their Dallas home where Charles made it possible for her to stay in their home while receiving loving care from him, her children and caregivers.

The Craft and Lloyd family want to especially thank the network of invaluable caregivers coordinated by Juanita Green, Sandy’s primary caregiver and angel on earth.

Sandy is survived by Charles, her devoted husband of 26 years and his two children Lynn Buxton (Chad) and Charles Lloyd, III (Monique); her brother Harry Clifford Goodson III (Sue); her six children Catherine Gonzales (John), Alicia Gower (David), Kelley Morris (Bryan), Dana Craft Grew (Mike), Chip Craft, Sarah Ridley (Bren); her eight grandchildren Winston Elliott IV (Marti), Elizabeth Elliott, Myles Hamm, Curtis Muller, Brian Muller, Natalie Grew, Rachel Ridley, Renee Ridley; her four great-grandchildren Addison Elliott, Will Elliott, Owen Elliott and Amelia Ridley; and three nephews Robert Goodson (Tracy), Richard Goodson (Isabel), Craig Goodson (Agnessa).

It was Sandy’s wish, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to https://roundupriverranch.org/support-us/donate-now/.

Obituary: Walter Bennett Atkinson

Walter Bennett Atkinson January 26, 1949 – July 21, 2020 Walter Bennett Atkinson, 71, resident of Brandon, Mississippi, passed away at home on July 21, 2020. Dr. Atkinson was a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he practiced dentistry for most of his career. He also practiced in Gulfport, Mississippi, and Metairie, Louisiana. Walter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 26, 1949. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baton Rouge where he was proud to be a Rebel and excelled as an athlete and in debate. From there he attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a degree in Animal Science. He attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in the top of his class. Walter began working in high school at Baton Rouge General Hospital, later participated in multiple research projects, including the Cotton Insects Research Lab, was an IV technician for Baylor University Hospital, taught dentistry at LSU and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, owned a consulting business, taught aviation seminars, starred in a television show, and was a PSIA level II ski instructor for Vail Resorts. Walter taught continuing education courses about dentistry and aviation, and was a highly published journal author. He created and produced television documentaries, starred in Broadway plays, and wrote five novels. Walter was passionate about his healthcare career, sailing and aviation. His patients loved him, his aviation students respected him, and his sailing compadres admired his uncanny navigational abilities. Walter was part of the LSU Athletic Department medical staff for 18 years. He was a member of Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans where he raced sailboats and never lost a race as a navigator. Walter logged over 7,000 aviation hours in 75 different types of aircraft, most notably in the C-46 Commando, B-24, Albatross and the SMS-1 space shuttle. He was rated as an airline transport pilot, airframe-and-powerplant mechanic, and certified flight instructor. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal from the CAF in 2000. He flew for the television series Wings to Adventure on the Outdoor Channel from 2005-2007. He was co-owner and instructor of Advanced Pilot Seminars and for over 17 years trained thousands of pilots, mechanics, and engine builders in the science of piston engine management in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He was featured on the cover of the Smithsonian Air and Space magazine in 2004 for his work with APS. Walter was in the process of building a Rans S-21 Outbound. Walter was always on the lookout for an adventure. From riding motorcycles into Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, to flying over the state of Alaska in a Bonanza, to elk hunting in the mountains of Colorado and removing the tooth of a Mayan chief on the beach in Cozumel, Walter’s skills and passion for living kept the adventures coming. He lived with all his might, taught with the wisdom that was bestowed upon him and loved with all his heart. Walter is survived by his wife, Sonya Reeder Atkinson, one sister, Katie Atkinson Daigle and her husband, Lanny, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one brother, William Christopher Atkinson, Sr. and his wife Patty of Lafayette, Louisiana, four nieces, Elizabeth Cureington and husband Seth, Margaret Patton and husband Scott, Caroline Borck and husband Nathan, Katie VanTassel and husband Court, and one nephew William Atkinson, Jr. and wife Erin, and numerous great nieces and nephews. Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James Clay Atkinson and Janice Johnson Atkinson of Baton Rouge, and a sister, Margaret Francis Atkinson. As per Walter’s request, there will be no service. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, we ask that people make donations in the name of Walter B. Atkinson to the (EAA) Aviation Foundation, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903. In the memo line of the check designate it to the Walter B. Atkinson Air Academy Campership Fund. Donations can also be made online at www.eaa.org/give. Air Academy Camperships are awarded every summer to participants who show the greatest potential to be actively engaged in aviation.

Obituary: Sari-Rae Lucas

Sari-Rae Lucas

November 23, 1968 – July 15, 2020

Sari-Rae Lucas (née Gough) passed away in her sleep on July 15, 2020. Sari was born in Baltimore, MD, and grew up in Kingston, NY, and Frederick, MD. Sari attended Fredrick High and Maryland’s Frostburg State University, studying education before moving to Vail, Colorado, in 1990. Sari co-founded Vail’s Wheel Base bike shop with her husband, Jay, in 1993, followed by Ski Base in 1995—businesses that are still serving the Vail Valley to this day. Sari was a big promotor of youth cycling and a founding member of Eagle County BMX, where she was playfully known as “BMX Barbie.” Putting smiles on kids’ faces through BMX riding was one of Sari’s greatest joys in life. She is beloved by her friends, and her laugh and joyful sense of humor are already missed. Sari is survived by her sons, Halsey and Nash, and their father, Jay; her brothers, Robert, Thad, and Joel; her sister, Xania; and her parents, Anthony Gough and Toby Edelman. Services will be held on Friday, July 31, at 3:30 p.m. MDT at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink’s BMX lot (1700 Bull Pasture Rd., Eagle, CO, 81631). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly send any donations in Sari’s name to the Mind Springs Foundation (MindSpringsFoundation.org).




August 10, 1939 – July 22, 2020

Dennis “Matt” Mathisen (80), lawyer, banker, entrepreneur and adventurer sadly passed away at home on July 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. A testament to his unbelievable tenacity, Dennis lived more than 18 years with Waldenstrm’s Macroglobulanemia, after being given only a five year prognosis. He later succumbed to a rare complication, CNS Lymphoma, but he fought bravely.

Surpassing his prolific and impressive resume, was his character. Dennis was a consummate lover of life. His boundless energy was a source of amazement for all his friends. Dennis was an adventurer: heli-skier, horseman, fisherman, sailor, swimmer, soldier, scuba diver, hunter, road biker, golfer, tennis player, entertainer, art collector, traveler, opera lover, and wine enthusiast. His generous and irreverent spirit was imbued in everything he did – it was infectious and swelled to include everyone around him. Dennis’s keen humor and sharp wit were always accompanied by his irresistible smile, contagious laugh and the twinkle in his bright blue eyes. Optimism fueled his many accomplishments, tempered only by his grace and humility. His tenacity and positivity was impossible to ignore; he never knew a stranger who wasn’t better for having met him.

Dennis enjoyed many awards and accolades through the years, but was most humbled by, and proud of, his Ripple of Hope award in 2011 from the RFK Foundation for his work for human rights. As a mentor and friend, he was generous with his time and knowledge. He was known to be a vivacious and jubilant host.

In addition to the RFK Foundation, Dennis was actively involved in the nonprofit sector throughout his career, serving as Trustee of Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, Minneapolis Art Institute, The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Blake Schools, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Minneapolis Medical Foundation, the Minnesota Humanities Commission, The Mayo Clinic Leadership Council, and a member of the Board of Visitors to the University of Minnesota Law School.

Dennis was born August 10, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN, and graduated from the University of Minnesota receiving both a B.S. and Juris Doctor degree. He had an enormously successful career spanning diverse fields – starting as tax attorney in the public sector, to corporate law, M&A work, and banking and finance then onto real estate development.

Dennis is survived by Gail, his beloved wife & partner, his greatest love with whom he celebrated an enviable 57 years of loving, ribbing, laughing, traveling – a partnership that was their marriage and their legacy.

In addition to Gail (Johnson) Mathisen, Dennis is survived by his two sons Mark (Maggie) and Peter (Annie), and his three grandchildren Ethan, Gabriel and Quinlan. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Clara & Math Mathisen of Minneapolis. The world is certainly, absurdly, dimmer without his bright light.

A virtual memorial service will be held at a later date; in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to any of the following charities that captured his heart:

RFK Human Rights Foundation https://rfkhumanrights.org/donate

Myeloma Team at Mayo Clinic in Arizona https://mayoclinic.org

The Page Education Foundation (MN) https://www.page-ed.org/donate

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America https://donate.lls.org/lls/

Obituary: Suzanne Simpson McClure

Suzanne Simpson McClure May 7, 1959 – June 29, 2020 Longtime resident of Vail, Colorado and Goodland, Kansas, Suzanne Simpson McClure, 61, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Suzanne was born on May 7, 1959, in Tulia, Texas to John N. and Helen Rose (McCasland) Simpson, Jr. She was the younger of two children. Suzanne grew up and attended school in Tulia and graduated from Tulia High School in 1977. She then went on to further her education at Texas Tech University and earned a degree in Business Administration and Management from Austin Community College. On June 30, 1991, Suzanne married Michael Scott McClure in Vail, Colorado. To this union, one son, Michael Scott McClure II, was born. During their years in Vail, Suzanne and Mike owned and operated two successful fine art galleries. In February 2014, Suzanne and Mike moved to Goodland to reconnect with family and help his father with McClure Plumbing & Heating, Inc. At this time, Suzanne began her career with the City of Goodland as Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and Sherman County as Economic Development Director. Suzanne helped establish the City of Goodland Welcome Center. Through hard work and visionary leadership, Suzanne helped launch numerous civic projects. She truly enjoyed her job, her co-workers, and promoting the City of Goodland and Sherman County. Serving the community and volunteering were very important to Suzanne. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Goodland, the local P.E.O. chapter, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and the Seven Sisters. Suzanne served on the Goodland Arts Council, the Topside Manor board, the board of the Goodland Convention and Tourism Bureau, and was a member of the Goodland Ambassadors and the Goodland Rotary. Suzanne had a lifelong love and appreciation of the fine arts and enjoyed collecting special art pieces. She also loved music and played the French horn in her school band and the piano and organ throughout her life. Suzanne liked to travel, but one of her favorite destinations was nearby Lake McConaughy in Nebraska, where she spent many weekends relaxing. Most of all, Suzanne enjoyed spending time with treasured family and friends. Suzanne has been described as a bright star with an infectious laugh, a sweet ray of sunshine who would brighten the day with a smile and kind word, a generous, beautiful soul who loved intensely and made everything more fun. She affected many lives and will be missed by all who knew her. Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Helen Simpson, an infant son, Garrett Michael, and her father-in-law, J.B. McClure III. Suzanne is survived by her husband, Mike, of the home in Goodland, one son, Scott McClure, of Vail, Colorado, her sister, Camille (Ken) Redding, of Grand Junction, Colorado, and her mother-in-law, Judith McClure, of Goodland. She also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, at the Goodland United Methodist Church, and a visitation will be July 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Koons-Russell Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions be designated to the Goodland United Methodist Church and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.koonsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Benjamin “Ben” Christiansan

Benjamin “Ben” Christiansan July 1, 1990 – May 24, 2020 On Sunday May 24th, Ben has been called to lookover us from above. Ben was born on July 1st, 1990 in Leadville, CO. Growing up in the Vail Valley Ben was huge in the SOS Snowboard program from Elementary all the way until High School. During the warm seasons he enjoyed playing in the JR Baseball Leagues. He enjoyed being outside and was truly loyal to his friends. When he started High School he moved to Aurora, CO where he attended Eagle Crest H.S. and the Outback. He started to enjoy working with his hands, creating things and working on his car. Ben was a loving Son, Father, Brother and Uncle. He Leaves behind his Mother, (Debbie Christiansan), Brother (Jeff and Jenn Christiansan), 4 Loving children, Grandparents (Elmer and Bev Christiansan). Aunts and Uncles (Tim, Karen, Deanna, Troy and Jon) many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services for Ben will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2020 at 1:00pm Gracious Savior Lutheran Church in Edwards, Colorado.