Vail Daily obituary: Jon ‘Zeke’ Zdechlik, 1960-2015
Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik died peacefully July 18 at home with his family after a courageous, two-year battle with small cell lung carcinoma. His loving family includes his wife of 32 years, Sherri Steeves, and their children Kaitlin Zdechlik, 24, Lauren Zdechlik, 22, Andrew Zdechlik, 20, and Eric Zdechlik, 16. His parents are Robert J. Zdechlik (deceased) and Marie Zdechlik, of Frisco, as well as his siblings Kris Zdechlik, of Columbia, South Carolina, Joel Zdechlik, of Littleton, Lisa Zdechlik, of Tucson, Arizona, David Zdechlik, of Littleton, and Matt Zdechlik, who proceeds him in death.
Zeke was born Aug. 7, 1960, in Denver. A lifetime Frisco local, Zeke attended Summit schools K-12. He was a member of the high school Nordic team, soccer team, track team, band, choir, theater and National Honor Society. Zeke was named to the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, competing internationally for many years. Zeke attended the University of Vermont as a NCAA Nordic athlete.
Following graduation, Zeke returned to Frisco in 1984 to be with his father who was battling M.S. Zeke designed and helped establish the Frisco Nordic Center. Next he directed the Copper Mountain Nordic Center and then supervised slope maintenance/snowmaking operations. Later, Zeke coached the U.S. Disabled Nordic Ski Team, managed the Daley Ranch in Silverthorne, directed Gold Run Nordic Center and most recently worked as general manager of the Frisco Adventure Park.
Service defined Zeke. He served on Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Committee, Town Council and Frisco Sanitation District Board. Zeke was a strong supporter of recreational amenities, kids’ programs and development of Frisco’s Peak One neighborhood.
As a constant champion of kids, Zeke coached the Bill Koch Ski League, Summit and Vail Recreational Youth Soccer, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Nordic teams and Junior National Rocky Mountain athletes. An avid supporter of Summit Nordic Ski Club athletes, Zeke dedicated his time, enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire a love of skiing.
Zeke’s smile was infectious, his passion abundant and his life filled with love. Zeke loved his community and his community loved him.
Friends and family gathered at St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge on July 24, followed by a reception at Beaver Run Resort celebrating Zeke’s life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at Wells Fargo Banks nationwide to the Jon Zdechlik Memorial Fund.