Coors Field ven­dor “Cap­tain Earth­man” dies at 61

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben­jamin Arthur

Brent Doe­den, af­fec­tion­ately known as “Cap­tain Earth­man,” the beloved Coors Field beer ven­dor since the Rock­ies’ in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 1993, has died. He was 61.

His wife of 29 years, Becky Schar­fen­berg, said that he passed away at 11:30 a.m. Mon­day while sur­rounded by four of his daugh­ters and four grand­chil­dren at his Ar­vada home.

“The moth­er­ship has come,” Becky Schar­fen­berg, Earth­man’s wife, said in a Face­book post.

Earth­man was di­ag­nosed with two Grade IV tu­mors last Au­gust, and doc­tors gave him 6 to 18 months to live.

Earth­man was known as a pi­o­neer in the ven­dor pro­fes­sion — fa­mous at Coors Field for his hand-crafted hats, peanut ear­rings and a boom­ing voice that re­ver­ber­ated across the ball­park’s seats. He ac­quired a cell­phone so cus­tomers could call him for beers in the early 2000s and dis­trib­uted busi­ness cards in the stands with his num­ber.

“He touched so many lives in such a unique way,” Schar­fen­berg said. “Ev­ery­body that met him has some kind of quirky story about him, and you just don’t find that in peo­ple. To him, ev­ery sin­gle per­son that he met was the most im­por­tant per­son to him at that mo­him ment. He made them feel that way.”

His ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis came Aug. 31 last year The two tu­mors in his brain dam­aged his short­term mem­ory and his abil­ity to carry on con­ver­sa­tions. In re­cent months, Schar­fen­berg said, he was un­able to com­mu­ni­cate.

He at­tended his last Rock­ies game with his fam­ily on Fa­ther’s Day.

The fam­ily will put on a cel­e­bra­tion of life event some­time in the next cou­ple of weeks.

“We do want every­one out there to come share their sto­ries about him,” Schar­fen­berg said.

He is sur­vived by six daugh­ters and nine grand­chil­dren.

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