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Krupa life celebration is Saturday in Beaver Creek

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

Friends and family will celebrate the life of Mickey Krupa on Saturday. He fought a tough 18-month battle with cancer. Mickey was 42.

Mickey was born on Aug. 4, 1968, in Chicago Heights, Ill. But his love for the outdoors wouldn’t keep him an urbanite for long.

Working summers on his grandparents’ farm south of Chicago fostered Mickey’s love of a hard day’s work using his hands, and his passion for the outdoors. With his natural ability for athletic things, the mountains of Colorado – and their better snow – called him, and he attended Colorado College from 1989-92.

In between skiing sessions at Monarch Pass or mountain bike riding at the mesas, Mickey’s interest in politics developed, and he majored in political science. Even in his last weeks, Mickey lamented the current political climate in Washington, weighing in on various politicians and movements.

Thinking a career in law might be the answer, Mickey attended University of Denver Law School, where he met his lovely wife, Elizabeth Espinosa. Something about her radiant smile and impeccable intellect hooked Mickey, much to the chagrin of many female students on campus.

But soon after graduating, the mountains called Mickey once more. With his wife carving out a fantastic legal career, Mickey stayed at home to raise his first son, Steven, while working part-time at Beaver Creek. The same happened when his second son, Spencer, was born. Always on the cutting edge of outdoor trends, Mickey was even a “stay at home dad” before the movement became widely known.

Other accomplishments include being one of the early promoters of the telemark ski movement 20 years ago, road biking the Triple Bypass race backwards the next day after the race, and backcountry skiing ridiculously high peaks in a day.

Above all, Mickey loved his family and spending time with them. As his boys got older, many camping trips, mountain bike trips, and ski trips ensued. He enjoyed coaching their baseball and football teams, and participating in the Evergreen community with other parents and families. He even drove the bus for his sons’ private school in town for a spell. His last few years were spent teaching his sons how to dirt bike and taking them to Arizona and the like for epic dirt-biking adventures.

Mickey’s positive attitude and enjoyment watching people push themselves and learn new things made him a well-known figure in the Beaver Creek Nordic community. His dashing good looks, brilliant smile, and horrible puns will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Liz; their two sons, Steven and Spencer; brother John Krupa; sister Marissa Krupa; and parents John and Margarita Krupa.

Friends and family will celebrate Mickey Krupa’s life at a memorial service at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center on from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, with a small presentation at 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided. For further information and directions, please contact Nate at 970-754-5313

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the education fund for Mickey’s children: Steven and Spencer Krupa Education Fund, Bank of the West, P.O. Box 2650, Evergreen, CO 80437

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