Obituary: Turner duPont
Turner escaped this world far too early in a tragic car accident on April 14, 2020 and is now presumably donkin’ around with his beloved Joanie, Phil and Victor.
A farm boy from Virginia, Turner was well-endowed with the practical skills that he would apply to his passions in Colorado, becoming a wizard at rigging boats, a master of zippers, and the undisputed champion of MacGyvering.
Turner was often the first person people called for help. He had a unique way of thinking and was always tinkering and improving things in a process known as “Turnerism”. He bent the rules of possibility to his will with ingenuity, creativity, and compassion and stood ready and willing to lend a hand with his special talents.
Turner lived life passionately like no other, choosing paths that seem foolhardy or stubborn to some, but obvious to himself. His hunger for adventure found expression as an artist, boatman, inventor, explorer, musician, farmer, skier, biker, rock climber, dancer, lover, friend, and brother, where his infectious spirit touched everyone he met deeply and permanently.
Free spirits are difficult to match and Turner found his in Sandy. With the force of two strong wills they built a life together that was warm, adventurous, rich, and welcoming and became the scene of many unforgettable gatherings which will live long in the memories of those lucky enough to have experienced them.
Turner is survived by Sandy, his wife and partner of 25 years; mother Joan, siblings Victor, Sam, Wesley, Davida, Mimi, 9 nephews, and girl-dog Una.
Turner’s Facebook page has been memorialized, please feel free to share your love for this one-of-a-kind human being. Sandy will host a celebration of life at their ranch in Hamilton and a ceremony at the headwaters of the Colorado River.
Both events will be announced on his Facebook page — hopefully later this summer.
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