Steamboat Springs As their sons head to the winter Olympics, two local families are also being recognized for their years of work with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Nancy and Jim Spillane, parents of Johnny Spillane, and Jeanne and Dennis Lodwick, parents of Todd Lodwick, were selected to serve as the marshals for the 2010 Winter Carnival.
Nancy Spillane said that after three decades of volunteering with the club, where she and Jim could often be seen in the tower or on the landing area marking jumps, it came as a surprise to be named marshal.
Spillane, as director of the Lowell Whiteman Primary School, was also often in the parade down Lincoln Avenue.
“It will be nice to get a ride this time instead of fearing for my life that I’m going to fall off the diamond hitch,” she said.
Jeanne Lodwick agreed that there have been many nights on the jumps for Wednesday night jumps and that it was an honor to be named marshal.
“Winter Carnival is the best. The town comes together to celebrate … the community and who we are and our traditions,” she said. “When they called this year I felt very honored, very, very honored, to be a part of it.”
Sarah Floyd, with the Winter Sports Club, said the two families were chosen to recognize their work and to celebrate their sons’ accomplishments.
“Because it’s an Olympic year and both of their boys are headed to the Olympics, all their years of volunteering and pitching in are coming to a very exciting finish,” she said.
The marshals will be at the opening ceremonies Feb. 3, will be honored during the night extravaganza Feb. 6 and will ride in the parade Feb. 7.
Former grand marshals
1977 — Hazie Werner and Larry Kaminski
1978 — Marjorie and Clarence Wheeler
1979 — Florence Brown and Chip Ravenscroft
1980 — Ann Rich and Glen Paulk
1981 — Ester DelliQuadri and John Fetcher
1982 — Eleanor Bliss and Claudius Banks
1983 — Dottie Schnackenberg and Del Scott
1984 — Skeeter Werner Walker and Marv Crawford
1985 — Marie and Bill Bowes
1986 — Frances and Bob Wither
1987 — Maurine and Ray Barrows
1988 — Doris Gooding and Vernon Summer
1989 — Gordy and Jean Wren
1990 — Don Kinney
1991 — Barbi and Pete Wither
1992 — Paul Smith, Patsy Scherar
1993 — Jim and Anne Severson
1994 — Sven and Birthe Wiik
1995 — Dr. Ron and Mrs. Alice Lewis
1996 — Rod and Vicky Hanna
1997 — Nick and Deb Rose
1998 — Gary Mielke
1999 — Park and Lisa Smalley
2000 — Loris and Deb Werner
2001 — Lonny and Pam Vanatta
2002 — Ray Heid and Corkey Heid
2003 — Jim “Moose” Barrows
2004 — Ruth and Pat McClelland
2005 — Jim and Audry Temple
2006 — Annabeth Light and Lloyd Lockhart
2007 — Billy Kidd
2008 — Rick Wilhelm, Kim Gittleson, Lynn Wilhelm, Chrissy Wilhelm and Heather Wilhelm
2009 — Leif Hovelsen
— Source: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Pilot Archives