My father Edward Chavez is being inducted posthumously into the Heritage Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Denver's East High School, this coming fall. It's funny to think that I ended up in Denver many years after his death. Though I had visited Denver in childhood, and though I have always loved Colorado, I never imagined I'd wind up living here.
My father was a terrific skier and served on the ski patrol for many years. He also trained with Colorado's 10th Mountain Division, a light infantry division which received special training (including skiing, snowshoeing and mountaineering) in order to fight in the mountains of Italy. The 10th Mountain Division was one of the latest divisions to enter combat during WWII and in fact my father was never deployed.
With me at our first house in Woodstock, where he was a prominent member of the Woodstock Artist's association.