Michael Thomas Moran1967-2016 | VailDaily.com

Michael Thomas Moran1967-2016

Michael Thomas Moran passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 28.

Mike was born Sept. 27, 1967 in Pequannock, New Jersey. His family later moved to Stowe, Vermont, where his love of skiing began. Mike graduated from Stowe High School in 1985. He attended Norwich Military University on a cross-country ski scholarship for a year, then transferred to Johnson State where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in hotel and restaurant management. Mike moved to Avon to be closer to his family and stayed in the area he loved.

Mike was an avid snowboarder, tele-skier, kayaker, climber, hiker, rafter, camper and Jazz Fest attendee.

His extreme love of skiing led to one of his favorite sayings, “My little brother would never have competed in the Olympics and X Games if I hadn’t taught him how to ski.” He always said it with his big smile and a wink in his eye. He will be missed by many friends, including his beloved Lisa Newberry, who shared his passion for adventure.

He is survived by his parents, James and Deirdre Moran, formerly of Eagle, now residing in Fruita; his sister Michelle Hobbs (with Travis, Braden and Caiden Hobbs) of Loma: and brother James Moran (with Kingston and Navy Moran) of Salt Lake City. He is also survived by grandmother Yvonne Jacobs, who will turn 100 in April. Mike loved his family well and shared a special bond with his nieces and nephews that will never be forgotten.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Monday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at the Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek. His ashes will be spread on Beaver Creek Mountain this summer.

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