Locals 2014: Ed and June MacArthur
Thirty-five years after arriving in the Yampa Valley — after meeting at Colorado State University in the late ‘70s — Ed and June MacArthur are still changing the face of town and its heralded Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club through their ceaseless generosity.
Their interest in the club started when their two sons joined and they saw first hand the quality of coaching and mentorship it offered. “They were taking our prized possessions into the outdoors and really had a moral commitment to the kids,” Ed says. “The development and growth we saw in our boys was amazing. They focus on creating great people, not just great skiers.”
Ed and June wanted to preserve that atmosphere for future generations to enjoy. “I have a granddaughter now that I want to get the same benefit that her dad did,” Ed says.
So they did what they could to help support it. With equipment from their construction business, Native Excavating, they helped build as much as they could for the town, from Howelsen Hill’s summer ski jump and weight room to the aerial jumps at their Bald Eagle Lake south of town. “We had the water, the materials and the equipment,” he says. “The community has been great to us, so there’s good reason to give back.”
While Ed and June are modest about their accomplishments, their generosity has not gone unnoticed. “They’ve very quietly and effectively assisted our youth and community in many ways,” says fellow SSWSC parent Jeanne Whiddon. “They see needs and then step up to the plate with no fanfare or need to draw attention to themselves.”
The MacArthurs’ philanthropy isn’t just limited to sports. They donate their time and money to local schools and such nonprofits as the United Way and the Strings Music Pavilion. When asked about his philosophy on giving, Ed says, “I don’t think it’s an obligation — it’s something people should do because they want to. There are enough nonprofits in this town that everyone should be able to find something that’s a hot button for them.”
Perhaps the biggest testament to the work they’ve done for area youth is the adults the community has created, from Olympic medalists to successful business owners and genuinely concerned citizens. And for the MacArthurs, it’s the whole town that’s made that possible. “If there’s a need for something here, everybody shows up to the table,” Ed says. “That’s pretty spectacular.”
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