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Bryan Paul Michener

Bryan Paul Michener passed away on March 10, 2011 at his mountain cabin surrounded by his family.

He was 73 years old. Bryan was born in Kaimosi, Kenya to Dr. R. Bryan and Edith (Riner) Michener.

He is survived by Janice Hagen, his sons Paul, (Dianne) Denver, CO, Richard, (Leslie) Parker, CO, and Dana, Estes Park. Shannon Olmsted, Matthew Wilber and grandchildren Nisa, Loren, Michael, Geoffrey, Ashley Michener; Leah Wilber also survive. His surviving siblings include: Robert (Matilda Hansen) Laramie, WY and Estes Park, Alice Schaefer , Newton, MA, Joan Foote (Bruce) Fairbanks, AK, and Jean Michener of Estes Park. Services will be held in early summer on a date to be announced.

Bryan ‘s commitment to social justice, wildlife, beavers, trees and conservation was an inspiration to all who knew him. He attended Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, IA, and Haverford College, PA. He earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and education was a lifelong passion. He taught at the University of Connecticut, the University of Colorado, Denver, and was a valued substitute teacher in the Estes Park schools. Bryan climbed Longs Peak over sixty times and led routes on Alexander’s Chimney and Stettner’s Ledges. He also climbed in Mexico and the Northern Selkirks, (B.C.). Bryan’s strong Quaker legacy led him to Alternative Service on the Navajo reservation as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bryan’s name can be made to the Marol Academy in South Sudan; c/o Allnutt Funeral Service. A local way to honor Bryan would be to plant a tree in his memory. See to send a message to Bryan’s family.


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