Steamboat Springs man dies after falling from roof Thursday evening
Todd Minch moved to area to snowboard after serving in Marines
March 18, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs resident Todd "Momo" Minch was a classic Steamboat Springs ski bum who did whatever it took to live here, friends and family say.
Minch, 45, died Thursday night after he slipped and fell off the roof of his home at 404 Alpine Court off Fish Creek Falls Road. Longtime friend Tommy Herzog said Minch went onto the roof to get a shovel he left there after shoveling snow Wednesday.
"He was attempting to dismount off the roof like he normally does by jumping off into a snowbank," Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile said.
Minch slipped and struck his chest on a wooden fence, Stabile said. The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.
Minch was in pain afterward but did not call for help, Stabile said. Minch's wife, Shari Gleason, came home at about 3:30 p.m., and Minch's condition worsened.
"He thought he was OK, but he was internally hurt, and he didn't know that," Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.
Minch passed out at about 5:30 p.m., and his wife called 911, Ryg said.
Minch was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where doctors operated on him and were preparing to have him flown to Denver for treatment. He died before leaving Steamboat
at 10:55 p.m.
"Everybody loved Todd, and he will be missed," Gleason said. "I miss him horribly."
Herzog said Minch, of Oregon, moved to Steamboat to snowboard in 1989, fresh out of the United States Marine Corps.
Herzog called Minch "one of the original snowboarders from Oregon."
He held various jobs in Steamboat. He worked for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and was a manager at Cantina for six years. He worked at the El Rancho restaurant in the early '90s and most recently was an assistant manager at Dollar Tree.
"He was the classic Steamboat employee, just working all over town," Herzog said.
Herzog said Minch was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters.
Herzog said there will be memorial services for Minch in Steamboat and Oregon. People with questions can call him at 970-871-0981 or email him at email@example.com.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com