Longtime Steamboat kitchen designer struck and killed by car on Utah highway
Steamboat Springs — Longtime Steamboat Springs kitchen and furniture designer Timothy A. Reed died June 3 on Utah Highway 191 as he tried to retrieve his black Labrador mix, Jasper, out of traffic. Reed was two days shy of his 65th birthday when he died.
According to Fox 13 television in Salt Lake City, the Utah State Patrol reported that at about 5:20 a.m. that Friday morning, Reed, who was traveling on business, had pulled his truck and trailer to the side of the road near the town of Duchesne for an unknown reason. That’s when Jasper ran into traffic.
Reed and his dog were struck by a northbound Ford Focus, and both died on impact. The Utah State Patrol issued a statement saying it had no plans to file charges against the driver of the vehicle that struck Reed and his dog.
Reed’s daughter and son, Jenni Reed Bright and Charlie Reed, agreed that it was consistent with the character of their father, who had lost two prior dogs in highway accidents, to try and save Jasper.
Jenni and Charlie, as well as a third sibling, Sandi Reed, all graduated from Steamboat Springs High School.
Reed was the owner of Golden Aspen Design located on the west side of Steamboat, where his company offered custom cabinetry design and also branched into furniture pieces like entertainment centers.
Jenni Reed said her father moved to Steamboat Springs in 1991 and worked for an extended period with Thurston Kitchen and Bath. Later, he founded Reed Walton design with Michelle Walton.
In his life away from work, Reed was a cowboy, or maybe a mountain man at heart. Reed loved to take friends on hunting and fishing horsepacking trips far into the backcountry.
Charlie Reed said his father loved to tell stories, including some about his youth in Alberta, which may, or may not, have been embellished.
The family had not yet made memorial arrangements as of June 6.
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