John Masterson, 1950-2007 |

John Masterson, 1950-2007

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

John Durward Masterson Jr. died suddenly on Saturday in Vail. He was 56.

Masterson was born Aug. 3, 1950, in Norfolk, Va., the eldest child of June E. (Fitchett) and John D. Masterson Sr.

He spent his childhood in Pueblo, graduating from Pueblo South High School in 1968. He moved with his family to Leadville the following year.

He attended Colorado Mountain College and then Colorado State University before working at both the Climax and Black Cloud mines. He also worked for the Parkville Water District for many years.

At the time of his death, Masterson was a maintenance engineer at Lion’s Square Lodge in Vail.

Friends and family members say Masterson was an avid reader who enjoyed history, poetry, literature and political science.

He also was a gourmet cook, often went birdwatching with his nephew, Kaelen, and was an avid hiker, rafter, cyclist and rock climber who once completed a 2,000-mile bike ride with his brother, they say.

Masterson is survived by his mother, June, of Leadville; his father, John Sr. (Carol), of Centennial, Colo.; sister Fran Masterson of Leadville; brothers Henry “Hank” (Betty), of Delta, Colo., and Guy Masterson; nieces Heather Alires of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Carrie Alires and fiance, Scott Scanavino, of Loveland; nephew Kaelen Masterson of Leadville; and six great-nieces and nephews.

An informal memorial reception will be held at the Leadville Elks Lodge from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Friends are invited to join the family in sharing stories, pictures and memories of Masterson. Honorary pallbearers will be John’s closest friends, Don Gotfrey, Danny Gurule, Larry Neuenkirk, Stuart Schaefer and Greg Teter.

Contributions may be made to the Lake County Public Library.

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