Avid skier re­mem­bered with funny sto­ries

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Amelia Arvesen Kevin Pitts

longmont» Bursts of laugh­ter in­ter­rupted the tears Thurs­day at the cel­e­bra­tion of life for Kevin Pitts, the skier who died Mon­day af­ter strik­ing a tree at the Breck­en­ridge Ski Re­sort.

“He was freakin’ hi­lar­i­ous, the big­gest goof­ball you’ve ever met in your life; did not care, loved to make a fool of him­self be­cause he re­ally didn’t care,” said Re­becca, his wife for 21 years.

“I can’t tell you the num­ber of times that I just laughed un­til my sides hurt. I mean, in fact just the other day, just dou­bled over be­cause we had so much fun to­gether.”

Pitts, 48, of Longmont, worked as a soft­ware tech­nol­o­gist for Or­a­cle Inc. and was pas­sion­ate about ski­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, trav­el­ing and, most of all, his fam­ily.

At Howe Mor­tu­ary, about 400 peo­ple gath­ered to hear fam­ily mem­bers and friends share pri­mar­ily funny sto­ries of the man they said was self­less, shame­lessly funny, ded­i­cated to his work, lived his life beau­ti­fully and had a bright smile that was al­most al­ways fol­lowed by a gig­gle.

Re­becca Vo­gel-Pitts, a Cen­tral Ele­men­tary School teacher, said she first met her hus­band as a 15-year-old in foren­sics class. They went their sep­a­rate ways but were re­united about a decade later, spark­ing a “whirl­wind ro­mance.”

On the day he died, she said, they spent two hours in a condo they rented talk­ing about kids and hol­i­day plans be­fore he headed out to go ski­ing.

“He held me close and gave me the long­est, tight­est hug he’s given me in a long time and he wouldn’t let go,” she said. “I’ll never for­get it.”

Their 17-year-old son, Jack­son, said the per­fect bal­ance of love and hap­pi­ness at home was when his dad was around. He said his dad was his big­gest fan at soc­cer games and a safety net when times got rough.

Kiera, Pitts’ 19-year-old daugh­ter, said that when she was a high school stu­dent they de­bated about whether al­tru­ism — or the self­less con­cern for the well-be­ing of oth­ers — was real.

“I think that the de­bate should’ve ended right then and there be­cause al­tru­ism oozed out of his ev­ery pore,” she said of her fa­ther.

was 48 years old when he died Mon­day while ski­ing at Breck­en­ridge.

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