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A Bear "flies West....", Jeff Patterson

post #1 of 15
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In aviation, the passing of a fellow enthusiast is viewed as "flying west".

With great sadness, I report that one of our own, from EpicSki, has made that final run.


Vailboarder, aka Vailrider, (Jeff Patterson) a snowboard and ski instructor at Vail Mountain passed away this past Monday, from a stroke suffered on Friday. Jeff was 43 years old, and leaves behind his wife, Kristina, and 11 yr old daughter, Hannah.

Jeff was an active proponent of snowboarding for many years, and surely embodied the purest attributes of what is great about our winter sports. Not only did he care about his students, he also cared about his coworkers and co-instructors. He was an Examiner for AASI, and was a member of the PSIA RM AASI board of Directors, and was the RM Representitive to the PSIA NATIONAL AASI Board of Directors.

Jeff was a common, if not prolific poster in various teaching and snowboard threads here on EpicSki over the past several years. His most recent post was on November 4th!

More about Jeff can be found here-
http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20071115/NEWS/71115031

For those of us who knew and worked with Jeff, we have lost a friend. For those who love snowboarding and skiing, we have lost a guide.

Jeff and his infectious smile, his love of nature, and his passion for his life, his family, and his sport, will be missed always!


May there always be untracked powder and no lift lines where you ride forever more.

Rest in Peace.
post #2 of 15
This is such sad and shocking news, Ric. My deepest condolences to Jeff's family. He was a great guy and died way too young.
post #3 of 15
This is so sad! I've never met Jeff in person, but we've had some wonderful online conversations. RIP.
post #4 of 15
Wish I could have known him and skied with him. Very sad loss.

post #5 of 15
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Ric, I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear this tragic news. I had only met Jeff a couple of times, but his smile and passion were infectious. Ride on, Vailrider...
post #6 of 15
Very sad news indeed.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
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Jeff and his infectious smile, his love of nature, and his passion for his life, his family, and his sport, will be missed always!


May there always be untracked powder and no lift lines where you ride forever more.

Rest in Peace.
A quote from the movie Serendipity says it all:

You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: "Did he have passion?".


My thoughts to out to his family at this time.
post #8 of 15
Way too young.
post #9 of 15
What can be said? When people get in their 60's and 70's it's not unexpected, death I mean. I feel fortunate to have made it to 57. Every day is a bonus. It's always worse when someone young dies. When it happens we all feel very mortal.
post #10 of 15
Wow. Very sad. Didn't know Jeff, but two things occur:

1) thoughts for the family -- I hope people note the bit on the news story to raise $$ for Jeff's poor little daughter: checks should be made out to “Donation Account for Hannah Patterson” and mailed to 1st Bank, Attn: Jessica Hermosillo, P.O. Drawer 5270, Avon, CO 81620.
2) if you have stroke symptoms, don't wait to get help. Might not have helped in this case, but it runs in my family and I am well aware of the symptoms as everyone should be.
post #11 of 15

Jeff Patterson

I was a student and rode with Jeff for years. He was and will always be everything that has been said. But boy would he be getting a big head right now!!! "You know the difference between God and a snowboard instructor?....."




My prays to Kristina and Hannah. God Speed my friend.
post #12 of 15

I just found out!

I'm just in shock.

Jeff would come over to Loveland and give some awesome clinics when I worked over there. He always had some great progressions to teach instructors. His enthusiasm was infective. His post on the PSIA forum lead me to EpicSki.

There's a hole in the snowboarding universe.

My sympathies to his family and all in the greater Vail Ski School Family.

Rest in peace Jeff. Every time I use the Knight Rider and Thighmaster progressions, I'll think of you.
post #13 of 15
Rest in peace Jeff. This summer, a swedish colleague of mine, a friend of many years "flied west" too while palying tennis, he too was 44...
He too left two children and a wife...too early for both Jeff and him, way too early. This spring a family member passed away at 33 due to leukemia, they found a donor of spinal marrow too late. He too left a one year child and an older one, and a wife...I can only pray, for all three (Jeff, Frank and Ivan) that they led a full and satisfactory life before leaving. All three have left behind someone who will remember them with fondness, and for this, for a time, they're not totally gone.
post #14 of 15

A good friend; a true professional

I consider myself very fortunate to have known and worked with Jeff for many years.



Throughout his career, Jeff brought an unbridled passion and enthusiasm for all snowsports to his work—directly touching the lives of many thousands of people.

I have always respected and admired how Jeff pushed to make sure the voice of the everyday, working instructor was clearly heard. He was never afraid to make waves (it was something he seemed to enjoy) and he challenged us all to learn.

Jeff will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a teacher’s teacher, role model, mentor, and a beloved friend and riding companion to many, many people.
post #15 of 15

Details on Jeff's memorial service

For those of you who might be interested in attending Jeff's memorial service in Vail, here are some details.

Sunday, December 16, 5-7pm at Eagle's Nest in Vail:
  • Upload the Eagle Bahn Gondola until 4:30pm. Vail will provide complimentary foot passenger tickets to those without passes via a greeter with a sign at the Gondola entrance. Guests with passes should please bring them.
  • Service starts at 5pm on the plaza, near the fireplace. Guests are encouraged to wear winter gear and, if you'd like, bring a blanket. Service to run 30 min - 45 min. It will be absolutely beautiful outside and the atmosphere will be memorable.
  • Reception in Marketplace (2nd level) to take place 5:45 - 7pm. Appetizers, beer, wine, soft drinks, water, coffee/tea.
A donation account has been set up at 1st Bank for Jeff Patterson’s 11-year-old daughter Hannah's education and care. Checks should be made out to “Donation Account for Hannah Patterson” and mailed to 1st Bank, Attn: Jessica Hermosillo, P.O. Drawer 5270, Avon, CO 81620.

Here's a few clips and images of Jeff.



Best wishes to all,
B-2
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