Vail Daily obituary: Thomas Murray Landauer, 1939-2016
Longtime local Tommy Landauer, 76, was suddenly taken from us on Thursday following an accident on Colorado Highway 131 north of Wolcott. He was born Dec. 4, 1939, in Geneva, New York, the second oldest of four children, to Dr. Kenneth S. and Mary M. Landauer. He lived most of his formative years in Ramsey, New Jersey.
Two years after graduating from high school in 1957, he joined the Army’s 81st Airborne Division as a Ranger. After leaving the military in 1961, he attended Colorado State University and began working for the U.S. Forest Service as a smokejumper, working in California and other Western states.
Eventually he landed in Mammoth, California, and thought it would be fun to work at the ski area, so he tried out for ski patrol even though he did not know how to ski. He must have made an impression because he was hired and soon became an excellent skier.
In 1970 he moved to the fledgling Vail ski area and worked as a ski instructor in-season and in the construction trades during the summer. During the ’80s he was a proprietor of the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Bar while simultaneously working as a contractor and developer throughout Eagle County.
Tommy’s survivors are his son Travis Hawkins Landauer and daughter Kori Lin Landauer, the lights of his life. He is also survived by his three sisters: Gretchen (Roy) Langslet, of North Carolina; Linda (Tom) Werner, of Oregon; and Mimi (Jeff) Jarrell, of New Jersey, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. An important part of his life were his many dear friends who will miss him deeply.
A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held later this summer at a date to be announced. His ashes will be scattered on his beloved Yarmony Ranch.