Donald ‘Don’ B. Larson ’88, MS ’91 of Grand Junction, Colo., died February 6, 2009. Born in Inglewood, Calif., in 1965, Don received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Mines and, in 1991, moved to Wolfurt, Austria, to work for Doppelmayr Seilbahnen as a project engineer, where he enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, skiing and traveling around Europe. After returning to Colorado a year later to work for Poma of America, he joined Tramway Engineering in 1998, and then opened a consulting business, Ropeway Technical Services, in 2003. In 2008, Don received the Robert Lesage Award for contribution and devotion to the ski industry. He played the saxophone and electric bass, and enjoyed hiking and climbing, summiting 17 of Colorado’s 14-ers. Don is survived by his wife, Gretchen; daughter Elisabeth; son Tyler; father David; and mother Toni.
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