Vail Daily obituary: John William Bronn, 1938-2017 |

Vail Daily obituary: John William Bronn, 1938-2017

John William Bronn was born in 1938 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He and his high-school sweetheart Earline were married on Feb. 16, 1957, in Long Beach, California. He was an incredibly involved father of their three children and led Cub Scouts and coached all of their teams. In 1975, John’s work with McDonald Douglas took the family to Germany for two years. It was during that time that the family gained their passion for skiing and the mountains. In 1980, it was that passion that brought John and Earline to Eagle County with their youngest child Stacey, and their sons Steve and David soon followed suit with their families. After moving to Colorado, John continued working as a project management consultant and as the president of PMA (Performance Management Association). Their time in the Vail Valley was spent in great part on the ski slopes, tennis courts, fishing streams, and hiking trails, with many Lake Powell trips in between. With the birth of their first grandchild in 1984, John entered again into a phase of life full of coaching baseball, softball, and ski racing teams, and following family around the state to watch games and competitions. He was a familiar and beloved face at every high school sporting event and awards night for each and every one of his children and grandchildren. In 2004, John began volunteering at the Eagle County Historical Society and put his lifelong passion for history toward the betterment of his community. He used his considerable organizational skills at the Eagle County Historical Society museum, creating accession records for over 1,000 artifacts. He also completed a number of ambitious projects including creation of an index of houses and buildings in the town of Eagle and the “Honoring Historic Eagle” sign project which placed interpretive signs on 19 historically significant buildings in town. John also continued skiing and was a “red coat” at Beaver Creek for many years and loved giving tours of the mountain.

He was the ultimate family man and was incredibly involved in their lives and in his community. John was intelligent, attentive, and dedicated. He knew much about a lot of things, and at least a little bit about almost everything. No matter who was asking for help or who needed a hand, John was willing and able to provide great insight and knowledge. But above all, he cared passionately and unconditionally for his family and for helping them to become better people. He passed away peacefully while surrounded by family at his home on Feb. 19, three days after celebrating 60 years of marriage with his beloved wife. He was deeply loved and will be incredibly missed.

He is survived by wife Earline Bronn, brother and sister-in-law Mike and Colleen Bronn, children Steve and Dede Bronn, David and Pam Bronn, Stacey and Ed Coulter; grandchildren Jenny and Jason Vargas, Richie and Jenn Osborn, Michelle and Nate Kaspar, Kathryn Bronn, Cody, Tanner, and Sara Coulter; Olivia, Adam and Andrew Asavei, and great grandchildren Brooklyn and Justin Vargas, Lane Bronn, Chloe Kaspar, and Jacob, Wyatt, and Owen Osborn. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Eagle County Historical Society at PO Box 192, Eagle, CO 81631. A celebration of life will take place April 30 with details to follow.

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