Vail Daily obituary: Lislott Anderson Jacobson, 1937-2015
A wonderful woman died Friday after living far too long with Alzheimer’s disease. Lislott was born to Ernst and Lotte Bucherer in Lucerne, Switzerland. She grew up hiking and skiing in the mountains of Switzerland. At the age of 16, her beloved Aunt Heidi introduced her to the world of horses. Riding horses would become her lifelong passion. In those early days in Switzerland, to keep her new pastime from her father, who she knew wouldn’t allow it, she’d get up before dawn and take the train to the neighboring town to ride, returning home by 7 a.m. ready to work in her father’s watch and jewelry store. She and her best friend were the only women ever granted honorary membership in the Swiss Calvary.
In the early ’50s, Travis Anderson, the son of the U.S. Ambassador to NATO Frederick L. Anderson, was attending boarding school in Switzerland. His best friend was Lislott’s brother, Erich. The two families became close and Travis spent a lot of time with the Bucherers in Lucerne. Romance blossomed between Travis and Lislott and on Oct. 10, 1959, Lislott married Travis in the Swiss version of a royal wedding, complete with horse and carriage.
They spent their first few months of married life in Germany before moving to the U.S., where they worked at Sanborn Western Camps, in Florissant. In 1962, Lislott and Travis started Anderson Western Colorado Camps at the junction of Sweetwater Creek and the Colorado River. Naturally, Lislott ran the riding program. She was wild; every camper’s favorite activity was to go riding with Lislott. She would have up to 20 boys bareback on their horses, swimming down the Colorado River or galloping up a small deer path to the top of a hill. Over the years, she wore many hats at the camp. When they added a camp for girls, she became one of the first directors of Hilltop Ranch for Girls.
Lislott and Travis had three daughters: Susan, born in 1960; Catherine, born in 1961; and Hope, born in 1964. Lislott and Travis were dedicated to teaching children and young adults the joys and beauty of the outside world, including their own daughters, who were as much a part of camp life as they were. The girls grew up in kid heaven. Their lives were filled with amazing adventures, from rafting, to riding horses, to mountain climbing and backpacking. In 1969, Travis and Lislott once again expanded the camp by adding an outdoor leadership school for teenagers called the Wilderness Pioneer Camp.
In 1978, Travis and their two oldest daughters, Susan and Catherine, died in a plane crash. Lislott sold the camps in 1980 and spent a short time in Vail before moving back to Sweetwater. Lislott remained in and around Sweetwater for the rest of her life. In 1992, she married Warren Jacobson. They split their time between her Deep Creek property along the Colorado River Road and Grand Junction, where she had a large equestrian center.
Lislott loved her dogs and horses. She always had a border collie by her side and a horse to ride. She is survived by her daughter, Hope Kapsner; her son-in-law, Matt Kapsner; grandsons Bryce and Quinlan Kapsner; her brother Erich Bucherer and his wife, Christine; nieces Evelyne Bucherer Romero, Sonja Bucherer, Lilian Hoess-Bucherer and Natalie Bucherer-Hauer; and cousin Jorg Bucherer.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Anderson Camps.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lislott’s memory to Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, PO Box 1681, Eagle, CO 81631.