Gerard "Jerry" Pesman, 1925-2003


Boulder resident Gerard "Jerry" Pesman died of cancer June 10, 2003, at his home. He was 77.

Jerry was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Denver to Elizabeth Hyde and M. Walter Pesman.

After graduating from South High School in Denver, Jerry worked on the Alaska Highway in 1942. He served in the Philippines during World War II with the Army's 37th Regiment.

Following the war, Jerry earned an engineering degree from the University of Colorado and a master's in engineering from the University of Washington.

Jerry married and later divorced Mary Smith. He married Nancy Cary in Boulder in 1975.

Jerry was involved with skiing throughout his life. He spent many winters skiing and working in Sun Valley, Idaho. He was instrumental in the development of many of Colorado's ski areas, including Telluride, Vail, Copper Mountain and Keystone.

Jerry organized the Masters Ski Racing Program in Colorado and New Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1999.

He enjoyed skiing, tennis, scuba diving and biking. He summitted all 54 of Colorado's fourteeners.

Jerry is survived by his wife; his sister, Josephine Chanaud of Prescott, Ariz.; 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, Wash., and Kirsten Cary of Boulder; and 11 grandchildren.

A celebration of Jerry's life is scheduled at 4 p.m. today at The Meadows Club in Boulder.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Colorado Ski Museum, P.O. Box 1976, Vail, Colo., 81658, or to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Dr. East, Suite A, Lafayette, Colo., 80026.


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