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Hey, Spike! finds big personality in little office

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Jackie Skaro McPheeters
Linda and John Mirro / Special to the Daily |

Jackie Skaro McPheeters is a very fit, great looking anomaly.

How many locals do you know still running around with their elementary school chums? Not many, right? This is especially true in our multi-resort, tourist-industry dominated communities.

Around here that’s what you grow up to be — somewhat an anomaly.

After 57 years of living in Summit County, working as a real estate office owner and fitness trainer — look at those arms — Jackie fits the bill.

Plus, she’s a grandmother — “Grandma Jacks” to those family youngsters.

At age 3, Jackie and her family, headed by parents Harry and Jackie Skaro, built a house in Frisco Heights, the out-of-town enclave.

Her dad was superintendent of the Summit School District RE-1 for four years, then went to work at the Climax Mine, with wife Jackie working as a nurse (like Marie Zdechlik) for eight years. Harry came back to teach at Frisco Elementary until he retired. Mom passed away in September 2009, with dad following in March 2010.

A couple of years ago, Jackie moved “back home,” leaving Silverthorne, when she bought the family house from her siblings.

Her sister and brother are scattered close and far.

“My sister Marcia is a deep massage therapist in Boulder, and we are very close. Brother Steve is in Bogota, Columbia, and has traveled the world as a helicopter mechanic. I had a second sister, Kimberly, whom we lost at the young age of 21 in a car accident,” Jackie explains.

Jackie and former husband Dallas McPheeters have three children.

Kimi, 31, has a degree from University of Arizona in physiology and is a personal trainer in Tucson. She is married to Justin Hernandez and has two kids, Abel, 20 months, and Henna,  three months.

Kayla, 28, graduated from University of Arizona in English and is a lead trainer for Lifetime Fitness in Phoenix, married to Tom Hakel, and they have two kids, Paisley 3, and her little brother Tanner, four months.

Scotty, 24, graduated in December from Colorado School of Mines with a mechanical engineering degree and a master’s in engineering management, and is in Kansas City, Missouri, working for Omaha, Nebraska-based Kiewitt Corp., as a field supervisor — “and loves it.”

As for her own educational background after graduating from Summit High, Jackie reveals:

“I went one year on a skiing scholarship to University of New Mexico, and then transferred to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and graduated in 1981 with a degree in music education and taught for 12 years, then directed choirs after that for another 10. I went back to school for anatomy and physiology and have been teaching fitness for 37 years, 20 of those at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. In 1998, I got my real estate broker’s license and have been a full-time Realtor since — and I love it.”

Today, Jackie owns what has to be the smallest office in Summit County, Colorado Homes Real Estate Co., that little annex next to the Frisco Lodge at Main and Fourth on Main Street Frisco. Her staff is broker Jason Brewer, and they have plans to bring a couple of others to the office.

“The market is very hot right now. Because we have a low inventory we have overnight become a seller’s market which causes an increase in prices, and homes to move swiftly off the market,” she observes. “Hopefully, there will be a lot more homes coming on the market in the next month or so. This is the time to sell, and the time to buy before prices creep up too much.”

Real estate isn’t her only job.

“I teach at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, an early morning class for those that like to push it at a higher level, and also still teach as a personal trainer,” says Jackie.

In addition to being in top shape, she loves to hike and dance, quickly gives “a lot of credit to Bob Bowers, one of my high school ski coaches for inspiring me to push past my own limitations in life.”  

“I will never forget the day he said, ‘You win when you run the uphills in life.’ I have tried to approach all trials in life with that philosophy,” Jackie remarks.

“My hours at the gym are all early morning so that I can get to my office for my ‘real’ job,” she adds. “I am lucky to love doing fitness and real estate. Many people don’t even have one job they like.”

Then there’s Jackie’s civic-minded pursuits.

“I volunteer for the Summer Concert Series at the Dillon Amphitheater and run the volunteers for all the Friday concerts,” which has earned her ‘the Bucket Girl’ label for passing the donation bucket for a long time.

She also is serving on the Summit Association of Realtors Board, since 2009, and the Dillon Business Association Board for the past five years.

Now, here’s the continuing chum update:

“I just returned from a short vacation in Las Vegas with Frisco Lodge owner Susan Anderson Wentworth for her 60th birthday, along with sister Cheryl Anderson Holland, sister Laurie Anderson Groth, and my sister Marcia Skaro. We have all been ‘family’ since our mothers attended nurses’ training (1950) and then had a double wedding with our fathers in 1953. We are truly family and when we get together it is a fiasco of fun.”

“It is awesome, there is a connection that is deep and trusting,” Jackie says of the long-lasting friendships, which includes Candy Snyder.

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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