David L. Kitts: 1934 – 2012
Ryan Summerlin September 21, 2012
David L. Kitts died Aug. 28, 2012, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was a 20-year resident of Fraser and had been an active volunteer with the Grand County Wilderness group, long maintaining the photo displays at the Monarch Lake and Junco Lake trailheads. He spent many years teaching skiing with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, mostly in the Blind skier program and instructor clinics. He was a Level 2 P.S.I.A. ski instructor. He had also served on the Family selection committee for Grand County Habitat for Humanity.
He was a 19-year volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, first in the Hall of Life, then Prehistoric Journey and finally in Space Odyssey with the Solar Telescope. Dave loved this community and was a mountain bicycle rider, skier, sailor and hiker and musician who played clarinet and recorder and enjoyed helping friends solve their computer problems.
Dave was born in Panama, son of a U.S. Navy dad and mom. He grew up in San Diego, graduated from La Jolla High School and then from U.C.L.A. as a mathematics major and R.O.T.C. officer. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant from 1958-1961 and USAR until 1965. After his discharge, he moved to Boulder where he became the third computer programmer hired by the fledgling National Center for Atmospheric Research. He spent his working career there with the super computers. He retired in 1992 as the head of the Data Mass Storage Group. While in Boulder he was an active member of the Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol, The Rocky Mountain Division First Aid Advisor, ARC CPR and First Aid Instructor.
Dave will be sorely missed by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol (Galloway) Kitts; three children, David Bryan Kitts of Lagunitas Calif., Lauren E. Goddard (Dr. Ray Goddard) of Auckland, New Zealand, and Dr. Christopher L. Kitts (Kyra Gordenev Kitts) of Los Osos Calif.; four grandchildren, Lauren’s daughters Juno and Shanti Morgan and Christopher’s sons Nicholas and Torran.
A memorial service will be planned sometime next spring when all of his family can be present. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made in David’s name to The Volunteer Fund of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; 2001 Colorado Boulevard Denver CO 80205 or to the National Sports Center for the Disabled; 1801 Mile High Stadium Circle #1500, Denver CO 80204.