Avon man dies in raft accident
AVON – Daryle James Bogenrief of Avon died Friday after his boat flipped on the upper Animas River. He was 25.Bogenrief was born Nov. 10, 1979, at Torrejon Air Base in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, to Nancy and Jim Bogenrief. In his youth he lived in a number of countries abroad, including Scotland, Germany and Turkey. His family later settled in Monument, where he graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School in 1998.He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango and remained in Southwest Colorado to work as a guide for Mild to Wild rafting company and as a ski instructor at Durango Mountain Resort. In Durango, he met and fell in love with Angie Nilsen of Palisade. The couple were married last August in Durango.Bogenrief was also a ski instructor at Vail Mountain the past two winters.
“We loved each other more than I ever thought possible, and we were everything to each other,” Angie Bogenrief said. “We loved our life together.”A gifted athlete and outdoorsman, Bogenrief excelled at baseball, basketball and soccer. He approached sports with a highly competitive spirit. Friends and family remembered him as one of the most highly respected ski instructors and talented river-raft guides in the state.He also loved to fish and hunt Colorado’s streams and mountains. He moved quickly through the U.S. Professional Ski Association’s instructor programs, becoming the youngest examiner in the association’s history.Friends and family hailed Bogenrief for his contagious and disarming sense of humor. Friends said he brought integrity and excellence to his family life, work and sporting pursuits. He particularly loved sharing stories of his skiing, hunting and rafting adventures.
Bogenrief is survived by his wife, Angie Bogenrief, of Avon; mother and father Nancy and Jim Bogenrief of Monument; brother Eric Bogenrief of Monument; paternal grandmother Donna Bogenrief of Watertown, S.D.; and maternal grandmother Gertrude Brink of Green Valley, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Daryle A. Bogenrief and Kenneth E. Bull.There will be a public viewing today from noon to 2 p.m. at Hood Mortuary in Durango, followed by a funeral service. Immediately after the funeral, there will be a memorial service celebrating Bogenrief’s life at the gazebo at Rotary Park on 15th Street and East Second Avenue.An additional service will be at 3 p.m. June 30 at the Church at Woodmoor in Monument.Memorial contributions can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank in Avon, c/o The Daryle Bogenrief Memorial Fund.
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