Steamboat Springs resident Kenneth Allyn Johnson died May 4, 2007, near Steamboat Springs. He was 50 years, two months and 24 days old.
He was born Feb. 10, 1957, in Moses Lake, Wash. He was the oldest child of Ruth Johnson of Mesa, Ariz., and Henry Johnson of Orlando, Fla.
Kenneth graduated from Arvada West High School in 1975 and from Colorado State University in 1981 with a degree in business administration. He was employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Denver before moving to Steamboat Springs.
Kenneth married Linda Diane Rice on Aug. 19, 1978, in Lakewood. To this union one child was born, Scott Christopher.
Ken, as he was called, was an avid tennis player, mountain biker and an enthusiastic hiker and mountain climber. Ken loved to ski and snowshoe. He climbed Mount Whitney and Half Dome in California and all of Colorado's 14,000-feet peaks. He led many groups on mountain climbs in Colorado, and hiked several sections of the Colorado Trail. He biked the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park and the Kokopelli Trail in Colorado and Utah.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Scott; mother, Ruth; father, Henry; two brothers, Terry of San Antonio, Texas, and Larry of Lakewood; along with many other relatives and friends.
We want to thank the community for all its support and generosity during the difficult time. We have been deeply touched, and we know Ken would have been, too. We especially want to thank the Chamber and the city for providing the food and refreshments at our Celebration of his Life Memorial. We appreciated those who shared their memories of Ken at the memorial as well as those who shared their thoughts in the memory book and the cards.