Bill Jewitt, former Vail councilman, dies |

Bill Jewitt, former Vail councilman, dies

Bill Jewitt

VAIL ” Bill Jewitt, a local restaurant owner and former Vail councilman, died Thursday. He was 59.

Jewitt lived in Vail for more than three decades and was a partner in Bart and Yeti’s, the Lionshead bar and restaurant.

He served on the Vail Town Council for two years, from 2001-03. He also served on many other civic and business boards, including the Planning and Environmental Commission, the Commission on Special Events and the board of the Vail Chamber and Business Association.

“He was as solid a human being as ever lived, a caring friend, a wonderful citizen in Vail, and he was an absolute treasure in the community,” said Kaye Ferry, executive director of the Vail Chamber and Business Association and a longtime friend.

Jewitt had been forced to relocate from Vail to Florida because he had myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disease, which made it difficult for him to breathe at this altitude. While traveling to Florida, he developed a blood clot, apparently unrelated to the blood disease. He died in Baton Rouge, La.

A Michigan native, Jewitt served in the Army during Vietnam. He was a graduate of Michigan State University.

Services will be announced later.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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