Man who died on Colorado’s Manitou Incline was well-known attorney
Colorado Springs Gazette
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado –The man who died on the Manitou Incline on Sunday was a prominent local attorney and avid outdoorsman who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last year, a colleague said this morning.
Jerry A. Retherford, 61, died Sunday while hiking the Manitou Incline. On Tuesday, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office ruled a heart condition caused his death.
“It was shocking, very tragic, very much a surprise and a big loss for sure,” said Steve Mullen, Retherford’s law partner for 33 years. “We take some solace in the fact that he was doing what he loved to do at the end of his life.”
Retherford was a partner in Retherford, Mullen Moore LLC where he was a civil trial attorney. He specialized in insurance defense litigation.
Retherford was the past president of the El Paso County Bar Association and one of the founders of the El Paso County Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to the disadvantaged.
“He was very much a respected litigator in Colorado Springs and the entire state,” Mullen said. “He’s going to be missed by the statewide legal community.”
Retherford was an outdoor enthusiast who was on the Colorado Springs Trails Open Space and Parks working committee. Aside from Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, Mullen said Retherford had climbed several 14,000-foot mountains. He had also climbed the Manitou Incline, one of the toughest hikes in the Pikes Peak region. Mullen said no one knows what triggered Retherford’s heart trouble on Sunday.
“He was in good shape,” Mullen said. “Apparently there was some underlying problem that we didn’t know about.”
Survivors include Retherford’s wife, Susan, and three adult daughters, Megan, Brittany and Brooke.
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