Memorial gatherings planned for two beloved Steamboat characters |

Memorial gatherings planned for two beloved Steamboat characters

Sherwood “Jupiter” Jones memorial Sunday

The many friends and customers of Steamboat Powdercats co-founder Sherwood “Jupiter” Jones are invited to celebrate his life at 6 p.m., July 23, at the ranch home of Barry and Deb Smith two miles west of Steamboat Springs on Twentymile Road at 40115 Bumpy Trail, with a potluck dinner. Look for the balloons.

Jones died in October 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Jones and his then-wife, Barbara, started Steamboat Powder Cats — a snowcat powder skiing operation that continues to flourishes three decades later — in 1983.

During his life in Steamboat, Jones was also a public school teacher and counselor and a member of the Steamboat Ski Patrol.

Jones’ adult son, Joel, will be in Steamboat for the gathering.

During Barb and Jupe’s tenure at Powdercats, many a legendary ski industry figure joined them for a romp in the powder on Buffalo Pass.

John Larson memorial Aug. 5

Family and friends of the late KBCR radio newsman John Larson are hosting a potluck memorial for him at 2 p.m., Aug. 5, at Glen Eden (the lower Glen).

Larson was both a serious journalist and a local character, who portrayed a number of alter-egos in the 1970s on K Big Country Radio (KBCR). Often, his banter involved on-air radio personality Tom Whiddon.

He was 68 when he died Feb. 4, 2017, of natural causes at his home in Portland, Oregon.

“He was definitely a journalist,” former longtime KBCR “morning man” Tom Whiddon told Steamboat Today in February. He recalled one of the biggest breaking news stories Larson ever covered was the December 1978 crash of a Rocky Mountain Airways commercial aircraft on Buffalo Pass in 1978.

“He would broadcast election coverage live from the courthouse,” Whiddon said, by using the output jack on his cassette recorder to plug into any phone in the courthouse he could gain access to. He also reported breaking state and national news to the Yampa Valley, relying on a noisy Associated Press teletype machine that was kept in a closet on the second floor of the old Good News Building at the corner of Fifth and Lincoln.

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