Steamboat man dies from injuries sustained in Oct. 19 fall |

Steamboat man dies from injuries sustained in Oct. 19 fall

Michael Roberts poses for a picture while working on the Peace Pavilion project along the Yampa River Core Trail.
Courtesy photo

— A Steamboat Springs man who was hospitalized for nearly three weeks following a fall while hiking in Summit County died Friday.

A friend of Michael Roberts, who was a well-known home builder and outdoorsman, posted a statement on behalf of close friends and family on a CaringBridge website.

“The scans of this week revealed that despite all of the interventions his dedicated team of doctors and nurses had to offer, the swelling in his brain had continued to increase,” the website stated. “It became clear that the original injury and the damage that his brain had sustained would not allow him to continue his journey here on earth.”

According to the website, Roberts’ death was peaceful, and he was “surrounded by the love of his family.”

On Oct. 19, Roberts, 65, was hiking with a friend on Mount Royal when he fell between 15 and 20 feet onto a pile of rocks. Officials did not release further details about the fall.

It took about 25 rescuers four hours to evacuate Roberts. He was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, which is where he died.

Roberts sustained many injuries and fractures, including three skull fractures.

On Tuesday, family members stated that a CAT scan showed Roberts still had substantial brain swelling, and it was taking him longer to heal than expected.

According to the website, Roberts had a reputation for living life large.

“He drew joy from life’s littlest details and its biggest adventures,” the website stated. “He did not simply live life — he consumed it, he gobbled it up and always came back for more. He had an insatiable hunger for all this world had to offer and made the most of each and every minute he spent on this earth.”

Friends called Roberts a “health nut” who was extremely active and strived to stay in shape.

“We always knew that when it was his time, he was going to do it his way, and that he was going to go out big,” the website stated. “For that simply was the Mikey Way.”

Roberts also was very active in the Steamboat community. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and served as the construction superintendent for the Peace Pavilion that the Rotary Club nearly has finished building along the Yampa River Core Trail. The structure could serve as Roberts’ legacy.

Rotary Club member Scott Marr said Roberts was very passionate about the project, where Roberts volunteered his time.

“Other than his other construction projects, that has been a huge part of his life for the past six months,” Marr said.

Marr said the Rotary Club is certain to do something to memorialize Roberts at the Peace Pavilion.

Friends on Friday were inundating the CaringBridge Web page with their condolences and memories of Roberts. They help offer a glimpse at Roberts’ adventurous spirit.

“I will always remember the great times we had together in Lake Powell,” Kate Shively wrote. “I still think about the night he scared you all when he went meditating and didn’t return until the wee hours in the morning.”

“The community of Steamboat has lost an incredible friend,” Angela Catterson wrote.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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