Memorial service today for Skylar Hootman
Hootman died last Saturday in an automobile accident before Eagle Valley’s Homecoming dance. He was 16. The Colorado State Patrol said they don’t think alcohol and excessive speed were involved.
Hootman was born in Fort Collins on March 29, 1986. His family moved to Eagle County later that year.
Family members said Hootman loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and almost anything else outdoors. They said like any normal teenager, he wasn’t fond of homework, but his straight-A average indicated he did it anyway, and did it well.
“He loved whatever he was doing,” said his mother, Susan Spiegel. “If he was golfing, that was his favorite thing to do. If he was playing baseball, that was his favorite thing to do. Anything he was doing, he did it with all his heart.”
Hootman was a catcher on the Eagle Valley HIgh School baseball team and competed on the school’s golf and ski racing teams. Last summer, he competed at a baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., with his stepfather and friends. Coaches said Hootman was a quiet leader, using his thought-provoking humor to inspire his teammates.
Among his friends, he was known for his unusual laugh and protective nature. Hootman would always catch fish at nearby ponds and creeks, they said. Two summers ago, Hootman got his first antelope on a hunting trip. Friends said he would always express his love for animals and the outdoors.
He is survived by: his parents, Susan and Chris Spiegel of Gypsum and Kent and Allison Hootman of Pueblo; brothers C.J. Spiegel of Gypsum and Coleton and Hunter Hootman of Pueblo; grandparents Wayne and Sharon Olson of Grand Junction and Jerry and Linda Hootman of Pueblo, Bill and Luann Spiegel of Epworth, Iowa, and Sandy and Brenda Colling of Castle Rock; great-grandparents William and Selma Olson of Grand Junction, Patricia Rene of Grand Junction, Louise Workman of Pueblo, Daisy and Lynn Ritchie of Palo Alto, Calif., and Bernadine Spiegel of Dubuque, Iowa; aunts and uncles Wayne Olson and his fiance Debra Cannon of Arlington, Tex., Barry and Sherry Olson of Grand Junction, Kyra Hootman of Pueblo, Kellie and Chris Vietz of Denver, Becky and Peter Smith of Iowa, Abby and Kevin Welsh of Iowa, Nathan and Tammy Spiegel of Iowa, and Jordan Colling of Denver; and numerous cousins.