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Bugg remembered as handyman

Man killed in crash recently started business in Hayden

Zach Fridell

Martin Bugg, left, pictured with his wife, Leslie Bugg, is remembered by his family as a helpful handyman in the community of Hayden. Bugg was killed in a one-car rollover Wednesday night.

All his life, Martin Bugg had been interested in fixing things, his family recalled Thursday, and he had lined up a way to create a business out of it in his hometown of Hayden.

“When not working his full-time job, Martin could be found around town offering his skills to anyone who asked, and therefore Martin has been known throughout the community as the man to call if you needed a ‘handyman,'” his family wrote in a statement. “With the support of his wife and his daughters Amanda, Jennifer and Selisa, Martin had recently taken the steps to make his ‘handyman’ reputation a reality and had started his own business.”

Bugg, 42, was killed Wednesday night in a one-car rollover. A Colorado State Patrol investigation of the crash, south of Hayden, concluded that Bugg’s 1974 International Scout SUV rolled three times before coming to a rest on the side of the road. Bugg was ejected after the first roll and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is survived by three daughters and his wife, Leslie.

“Martin was an outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, camping and, as of late, singing (Rodney Atkins country song) ‘Cleaning This Gun’ to his two teenage daughters,” the family statement read.

“Martin was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who knew no strangers and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it and was loved by all,” the family wrote.

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According to the accident report, compiled by Trooper Brett Hilling, Bugg was driving south on Routt County Road 53, south of Hayden, at about 8:25 p.m. when he came to a left curve in the road, where Bugg veered off the right side of the road.

Hilling found that Bugg drove along the right side of the road for some time before he drove back across the road, possibly into the northbound lane. The SUV then went back into the southbound lane, rotated clockwise and began to roll.

Hilling said that Bugg was at a Hayden bar earlier in the night. He was dropped off at his house, and he was likely on his way to meet friends at a hunting camp when he crashed, Hilling said. Bugg was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and alcohol was suspected based on the odor and witness statements, Hilling said.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Bugg was killed by blunt-force trauma to the head. No autopsy is scheduled, but a toxicology test was sent to a company in Boulder.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up for his daughters in Bugg’s name at Mountain Valley Bank. Donations may be made at the Hayden and Steamboat branches.

A memorial service, arranged through Grant Mortuary in Craig, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Hayden High School, with a dinner to follow at The Haven Assisted Living Center.

– To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com