Obituary: Curtis Paul Johnson
February 28, 2017
Curtis Paul Johnson
Our beloved husband and father passed away February 21, 2017. Paul had many accomplishments during his life. He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Paul grew up in Durango where he developed his love for mining and the great outdoors. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Geology, and then he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army at White Sands Military Base in New Mexico. After the Army Paul moved to Summit County to work at the Climax Mine, start a family, and pursue his passion for the outdoors. During his 25 years at Climax, Paul worked as a systems analyst, geologic engineer, and was the mines avalanche control expert. Paul was one of the three founding members of the Summit County Search and Rescue where he continued to be active until his death. He received many awards and national recognition for his contributions to search & rescue and avalanche awareness. The first year Copper Mountain opened Paul joined the ski school where he continued working for 35 years as a certified PSIA instructor eventually earning a lifetime achievement award. When Climax ceased operations Paul went to work for Tiger Run Tours, and later for the town of Silverthorne where he retired. Throughout his life he was an ardent climber, summiting all of Colorado's 14ers, as well as many notable climbs outside of Colorado. Some of Paul's other interests included traveling the world, working on his Austin Heeley, off-road jeeping, reading & listening to classical music, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Pam, son Curtis, daughter Ethenie with husband Shawn, sister Rheadawn with family, and Airedale Terriers Jake & Bill. A private memorial service will be held this summer at the Frisco Cemetery followed by a grand celebration of life at the Windy Point group campground at Lake Dillon on August 20, 2017. Please send any donations or contributions to the Summit County Search & Rescue. A tip of the miner's hat to a truly great gentleman.
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