Jesse Peterson dies in canoe accident |

Jesse Peterson dies in canoe accident

On May 25, Jesse Greye Eagle Peterson died in a remote lake in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness following a canoeing accident. He was 27 years old.

Jesse was born in Ward, Colorado in 1984. He attended elementary school in Crested Butte and graduated high school in Saguache. He received a BA in philosophy and writing from Linfield College in Oregon and learned to guide with the National Outdoor Leadership School in the Indian Himalayas.

After college, Jesse returned to Colorado to follow his passions of ski mountaineering and wilderness study. In the last year of his life he found a career and lifestyle he loved, working at the South Pole Station in Antarctica during the winter and spending time with his girlfriend Natalie Brechtel this summer in California and Colorado. His kindness and passion changed the lives of countless people in Summit and Park counties, and around the world.

Jesse is survived by mother Penny Bruce and father Peter Peterson of Saguache; brother Piers Peterson of Alma, and sister Brook Peterson of Seattle, Wash.

A celebration of life potluck will be held at Alma Town Hall at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Please contact the family regarding donations,

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