Longtime local Dan Westover died Thursday
Longtime local Dan Westover died in his sleep Thursday after seven years living in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic.
Family members and friends say Westover was an expert skier, ski mechanic and boot fitter. He worked at well-known local ski shops such as Colorado Insight and Gorsuch, Ltd.”He always made sure his employees got ski time,” friend New New Wallace said. “He gently taught them the ropes and always forgave them their youthful indiscretions like not showing up on a powder day or arriving to an afternoon shift a little too, well, let’s just say happy.”
On May 20, 1999, a tiny cavernova, or bundle of capillaries, burst in his neck, creating pressure on his spine and crippling him for the rest of his life.”Although Dan struggled with his fate and there were many frustrations and tears, he continued on with such amazing grace and strength,” Wallace said.
Dan is survived by his son, Ian Westover of Ohio; his daughter, Lyndsey Hafner of Nevada; his mother, Anne Westover of Ohion; brother David Westover of Ohio; sister Amy Chisler of Ohio; and many friends. A memorial service for Westover will be held late May.