Rosemount graduate dies in Colorado avalanche

Joe Timlin who grew up in Rosemount and graduated from Rosemount High School in 1999 was one of five killed April 20 in an avalanche in Colorado.

Called the deadliest avalanche in 50 years, it happened near Loveland Pass at an elevation of about 12,000 feet. It released old layers of snow and ground cresting at 4 feet deep and 500 feet wide, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

One survivor was rescued of the group that participating in a Rocky Mountain Backcountry Bash said to be organized by Timlin to raise money for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District told the Pioneer Press that Timlin attended RHS for his freshman year, then completed two years in Colorado before returning to RHS for his senior year. Timlin moved to Colorado after graduation and was a resident of Gypsum with his wife Krissy. He described snowboarding as his life on an industry blog.

Timlin worked as a snowboard sales representative for Jones Snowboards and other companies. He spent more than a decade prior repairing and tuning boards.

His employer released a statement calling Timlin “family” and stating, “a close friend to many in the Colorado winter sports community, Joe was a bright, dynamic person who will be sorely missed. Everyone here at Nidecker USA considers Joe and his wife Krissy to be a part of our family, and we are devastated by this terrible loss. … As we all begin the process of picking up the pieces, it’s important to remember that life is precious and family is everything.”

Timlin’s obituary in the Vail Daily News said, “Joe was a huge part of the local and international snowboarding industry, living and breathing every facet of it. He died doing what he loved the most, which is one small thing that we can take a little bit of comfort in.”

Mike Bennett, a snowboarder who was one of the first rescuers on the scene wrote in a Denver Post blog that safety was Timlin’s first priority, and the group had checked the avalanche report before heading out.

Bennett adds, “I was good friends with Joe Timlin. Having known him for many years, he always had a smile on his face when he was in the mountains. His spirit and enthusiasm were contagious and he loved snowboarding and created a life around it.”

A funeral service for Timlin is scheduled for April 26 in Vail.