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Hey, Spike! writes of joyful and sorrowful times

Miles F. Porter IV
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Dear Abby – no, not the syndicated advice columnist, but Abby Jean Paffrath. It was nice to see you recently in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Thanks for sharing your story. Fondest regards, M&M

The Paffrath name is well-known in the Kingdom of Breckenridge and in Summit County real estate business and social circles.Now 31, Abby’s parents, Jeff and Jean, left Minnesota almost 40 years ago and moved to Breck on their honeymoon, where they raised a family of two daughters and a son.Jeff is an owner of Paffrath & (Mark) Thomas Real Estate Co. Jean has retired from teaching.”I was born in Denver and grew up in Summit County,” Abby explains. “I went to Breckenridge Elementary, and Summit Middle and High schools, graduating in 1999.”Abby continued her education at the University of Montana, earning a bachelor of fine art and graduated in ’03. Later, she attended graduate school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., where she completed a master’s in art education.”Today, I am a working artist and art teacher in Jackson Hole,” she says. “I have lived in Jackson for eight years I love it here for its beauty, wildlife and outdoor activities.”Her art website is http://www.abbypaffrath.comAbby’s sister, Jessica Zazzara, has lived there for 18 years, and owns a pilates studio.”We both married Nicks,” notes Abby. “Nick Czesnakowicz and I got married Sept. 24. He is from Florida, but I met him when I was 3 months old and have known him and his family my entire life.”Nick’s dad owns a business in Orlando, where they manufacture and distribute window treatments. Nick is now selling and installing their family product in Jackson Hole, Abby explains.”Nick snowboards and I alpine ski and telemark ski in the backcountry,” says Abby.As for Jessica’s Nick – Zazzara: He owns an electrical company in the bustling resort town on the edge of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks. “They have a beautiful 2-year-old named Stella. Nick was born and raised in Jackson,” she adds. “They also love to ski, fish, hike and hunt.”So, back to Breck for an Abby update on brother Luke.”My brother now works with my dad selling real state and, like my dad, he married his high school sweetheart, Josie Myers. Together they have two amazing little boys, Boden and Lowell.”Making Paffrath & Thomas even more of a family affair, co-owner Mark’s son, Spencer, is also on the brokerage roster.Others on the longtime local firm’s masthead include Dennis Johnson, Sterling Barclay, John Swartz and Todd Johnson.***There have been some heavy hearts of late at Copper Mountain Resort and its four decades plus of extended family.Two former ski patrollers met untimely deaths recently.John Clauson, who worked Copper from 1996-04, lost his gallant battle to leukemia while awaiting a bone marrow transplant. He was the assistant snow safety director at the extreme Silverton Mountain ski area.John was also a veteran Class V whitewater guide for Arkansas Valley Adventures (AVA).John is survived by wife, Deanna, and son Kai, 5, of Buena Vista.A large gathering of winter and summer friends joined at the Arkansas River’s Numbers last week to honor him.While at riverside word started flowing in via social media that Rocky Miles had died in a beach house fire up in Canada.It made a tough deal even tougher.After working at Copper from 2000-10, Rocky had gone onto an exciting life of helping to stage fundraising events with Rolls Royce, the very expensive line of European cars. He also did some part-time tech work at Precision Ski in Frisco.Rocky, 31, is survived by wife, Cecilia, and their son, Oliver, 3, of Sweden. An on-mountain memorial for Rocky is slated for today at Copper.Copper spokesperson Austyn Williams says the resort village extends its “deepest sympathy and support to the families of these men.” Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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