Kurt Noah Oliver, 61 of Estes Park, Colo., lost his courageous battle with cancer Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.
He was born to Noah and Veda Oliver on Dec. 24, 1948. Kurt grew up working on the family farm in Twin Falls, Idaho. In the summers, he worked at Lily Bridge Custom and Krengle’s Hardware in Twin Falls. He attended Utah State University and graduated in 1971.
As a young man, Kurt spent his summers as a seasonal ranger for Rocky Mountain National Park. In the winters, he worked as a ski instructor at Beaver Mountain, Utah, Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he met his wife, Laurie of 37 years, and as assistant ski school director at Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Estes Park, Colo. Early in their marriage, Kurt worked at Curl Manufacturing and Amalgamated Sugar Beet Company in Twin Falls.
In 1970, Kurt began his wonderful career with the National Park Service as a park aide assigned to the Alpine Visitor Center. In 1972, Kurt began his first season in law enforcement at Wild Basin; he continued to work seasonally through the late ’70s. He also worked at Bighorn National Recreation Area and Valley Forge National Historic Park. In 1980, Kurt was hired as a permanent ranger to oversee the backcountry office at Rocky Mountain National Park. In the mid-’80s, he worked as the Thompson Area ranger and the Wild Basin Area ranger. In 1993, Kurt moved to the Big Thompson subdistrict of Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2004, he was promoted to the East District ranger. Kurt retired in 2005 and remained in Estes Park with his wife.
Kurt’s career with the National Park Service spanned decades of adventures and memories, crucial protection and preservation of incredible resources, lifesaving search and rescue operations, and other services to countless visitors and co-workers. After retirement, he enjoyed skiing in the winter and the summers working for the Rocky Mountain Transit Management in Estes Park, Colo. While at the Rocky Mountain Transit, Kurt worked as a supervisor and drove shuttle buses. He enjoyed meeting all the people and offering his words of wisdom to help them enjoy their visit to the area.
Kurt is survived by his wife, Laurie Oliver of Estes Park, Colo.; his son, David Oliver of Vail, Colo.; his daughter, Becky McDill and son-in-law, Scott McDill of Dillon, Colo.; his father, Noah Oliver of Twin Falls; a brother, Kent Oliver and wife, Lorrie and two nieces (Tawnya and Sara) of Twin Falls; a brother, Kris Oliver and wife Gail and three nephews (Michael, Jeffery and Matthew) of Newark, Del.; and many loved extended family members. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patty (Patricia) Oliver; and mother, Veda Oliver.
Kurt was a strong and loving husband, father and friend who had a way of bringing out the best in a person. He loved Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and his life in the mountains.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 15, at Aspen Lodge just outside Estes Park, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, The Special Olympics and the Children’s Cancer Society.