Mark Uglesich died May 1 |

Mark Uglesich died May 1

Daily Staff Report

Mark Uglesich lost his 15-month long struggle with cancer on May 1. He was 53.

He was born March 19, 1953, in Jersey City, N.J.

Mark lived his life in love with the great outdoors in all its forms, exploring the mountains of Colorado, the beaches of California and the wilderness of Alaska by bicycle and car, skis and hiking boots, friend Rick Glesner said.

Mark’s love of skiing moved him from his home in New Jersey to Colorado, where he spent some years coaching young skiers for the Copper Mountain Freestyle program. Later moving to Vail, he pursued various career paths mostly to spend his days skiing the moguls on runs such as Riva Ridge and Prima.

When the snow melted in the High Country, Mark’s passions shifted to bicycles and automobiles. Mark often rode his Bottecchia road bike over long distance and up steep inclines. “The longer the distance and steeper the pitch, the better he liked it,” Glesner said.

Mark also reveled in carving up those same roads in high-performance and interesting automobiles, from Porsches to Volkswagens to Lotuses. Mark had an encyclopedic knowledge of Porsche’s cars and the company’s history. He could rattle off the factory code numbers for a rare option or color as easily as most of us remember our own birthday, Glesner said.

“All of us who knew and loved Mark must now continue in a world that does not contain Mark’s gentle spirit, elan, and passion,” Glesner said. “But we are all sure that wherever his next journeys take him, the snow will be soft and the moguls perfect, the roads dry, clear, and challenging, just the way we all know he would want them to be.

Uglesich was preceded in death by his mother, Emily Rinzuiello Uglesich, and his father, Mark Leon Uglesich. Mark is survived by his brother, Gary.

Vail, Colorado

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