Jerry Pesman dies at 77
BOULDER – Gerard H. “Jerry” Pesman of Boulder died of cancer Tuesday, June 10, 2003 in his home. He was 77.Jerry was born Aug. 9, 1925 in Denver to Elizabeth Hyde and M. Walter Pesman. He married and later divorced Mary Smith. She preceded him in death. He married Nancy Cary in 1975 in Boulder.After graduating from South High School in Denver, Jerry worked on the Alaska Highway in 1942 and saw active duty as a member of the U.S. Army’s 37th Regiment in the Philippines during World War II. After the war he received engineering degrees, first from the University of Colorado and then a master’s from the University of Washington.Jerry was very involved with skiing throughout his life. He spent many winters skiing and working in Sun Valley, Idaho. Jerry was instrumental in the development of many of Colorado’s ski areas: Telluride, Vail, Copper Mountain and Keystone. Jerry organized the Masters Ski Racing Program in Colorado and New Mexico in the 1970s and “80s. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1999.He enjoyed skiing, tennis, scuba diving and hiking. Jerry successfully summitted all 54 of Colorado’s Fourteeners.Jerry is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Boulder; his sister, Josephine Chanaud of Prescott, Arizona; four daughters, Nancy Edgington of Grand Junction, Jill Pesman-Lambek of Steamboat Springs, Diane Pesman of Girdwood, Alaska, and Kristin Pesman of Vashon Island, Wash; three stepchildren, Heidi Nadiak of Montrose, Scott Cary of Seattle and Kirsten Cary of Boulder. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren.A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Meadows Club, 5555 Racquet Lane, Boulder.Memorial contributions may be made to The Colorado Ski Museum, PO Box 1976, Vail, CO 81658 or to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026.M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors of Lafayette is in charge of arrangements.- Special to the Daily
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