Benefit to help Look family set for Saturday
Steamboat Springs — One of Steamboat’s oldest families, the Looks, are facing the holidays bearing more grief than any family should have to endure at one time.
Now, the community has an opportunity to show they care during a special benefit at 7 p.m Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars club on Lincoln Avenue.
Dean Look, who grew up in a log ranch house here, lost his twin brother, Dale, on Sept. 9, his wife, Joan, on Oct. 9 and his granddaughter Angela Haight on Nov. 7.
Valerie Kiniston of the VFW said the benefit will help defray some of the medical expenses associated with the three tragedies.
“They’ve suffered three losses in the last three months,” Kiniston said. She said her employees are donating their wages for the night of Dec. 2 and all of the $2 cover charge collected at the door will go to the Look family.
A disc jockey will provide music for dancing and the VFW staff will auction off gift certificates to help raise funds for the Looks.
Employees of the Smokehouse, next door to the VFW, are even coming over after their shifts to donate time to the cause, Kiniston said.
Dean Look’s daughter-in-law, Yvette, said the family has already experienced an outpouring of sympathy from old friends and total strangers alike.
“We’ve been amazed at the kindness of the community,” Yvette said. “It doesn’t take away the pain of our loss, but it feels good to live in a community like this.”
Dean and Joan lived on the ranch his grandfather homesteaded in 1901. She had many friends through her participation in local bowling leagues for 30 years and softball for 15 years. She was also known in the ranching community for her participation in team penning events. She was 61.
Dean and Dale grew up sharing adventures on the family ranch, where they helped care for a herd of dairy cows and 100 head of sheep.
Dale’s passion was raising chinchillas. Dale was astute about the genetics of breeding prime chinchillas and won many awards over the years, including Grand Show at the National Chinchilla Show in 1978. He also ran a construction business. He was 66 at the time of his death.
Yvette Look said Angela’s sudden death hit the family hardest because it was so unexpected. Angela, the daughter of Tina Marie Look and Chris Haight, was just 18 at the time of her death. A high school honors graduate who had begun a college career at Colorado State University, she shared her grandmother’s love for team penning.
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