Cooper Fredo Larsh
March 25, 2011
Cooper Fredo Larsh passed away on March 17, 2011, doing something he loved skiing powder. His last ski run was in Steamboat Springs at Howelsen Hill a place he went ski-jumping at as a little kid. He was our son, grandson, brother, nephew, student, and friend.
Cooper’s love of skiing began at Snowbird when he was 2 years old following his dad while he was on the ski patrol. He continued to ski often despite moving to Laramie, Wyoming, Toledo, Ohio, and then back to Boulder, Colorado. He also loved camping trips to the desert canyonlands, hiking in the mountains, rock climbing, and river-rafting/kayaking trips. He was always the first one up the hill just like a mountain goat! Being outdoors remained an important part of his life.
Cooper was dealt a hard deck of cards when he was young. Being hit by a car and suffering a traumatic brain injury when he was 10 taught us that life is precious and you should never take it for granted. Cooper showed us all how resilient and determined a person can be despite being severely injured. The extent of his recovery was one in a million. He graduated from the Colorado Timberline Academy with honors and was attending College of Wooster in Ohio on a scholarship as a freshman. He was proof that a person can really make the best of what they are given in life. His sense of humor about it all was something to be admired.
Cooper will be deeply missed by his mom and stepdad Maureen Ryan and Mark Squillace, stepbrothers Sam & Tom (Boulder, Colo.); dad and stepmom Kurt & Rita Larsh, half-sisters Talise & Anjolie (Salt Lake City); grandparents Don & Idabelle Larsh (Ft. Collins, Colo.); uncles, aunts, cousins, and many others.
Cooper will be buried in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains a place where he scaled the peaks with his dad and skied many runs with his granddad as a young boy. A wake celebrating his life will be at the Chautauqua National Historic Landmark outside Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, March 26, from 11 to 2. In lieu of flowers, his family would like you to take the time to embrace the people you love, help the people who need help, show a little extra kindness and compassion in this world, ski some powder and laugh a lot. That’s what Cooper would have wanted.