Jeffrey Philip Winslow, 63, passed away on Aug. 13, 2019, at Littleton Adventist Hospital due to injuries from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at his home.
Jeff was born on Dec. 18, 1955 in Denver to Roy and Helen Winslow. When he was 8 years old, the family moved to Gunnison. He graduated from Gunnison High School in 1973, where he was involved in the speech and debate team, drama club, German club, was secretary of his class and attended Boys State.
He attended Western State College for one year before moving to Santa Fe, N.M., to attend St. John's College. There he studied the great books and received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy (and acquired his love of New Mexican food).
After college, Jeff returned to Gunnison to enjoy the mountains, hiking and four-wheel drives that he loved so much. During this time, he worked at City Market and started the band “Stage Fright,” where he played guitar. He and his band played at local venues for a few years.
Jeff’s deep love of music was present throughout his entire life. Jeff and his future wife Christina Hunter also met at this time.
In 1982, he moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado School of Law. In May of 1984, Jeff and Christina were married. While in law school, he was the production editor of the Law Review and graduated with his J.D. in spring of 1985.
In November of 1985, he passed the Colorado Bar exam and was named an attorney of law. He then practiced law in Denver, mostly in social security disability and workman's compensation.
Jeff and Christina made their home in the mountains of Conifer where they lived a number of years with their golden retrievers and cats.
In 2012, he returned to Gunnison to take care of his mom, Helen, until she passed away a few years later. He was an amazing caretaker to Helen, and she and the family were very blessed to have had him. Jeff then returned to the Denver area and continued to practice law until his death.
Jeff was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Winslow (1997); dad, Roy Winslow (2002); mom, Helen Winslow (2014); and his four beloved golden retrievers.
He is survived by his sister, Teri Winslow Doyle (Bend, Ore.); nieces Melissa Hart (Gunnison), and Ashley Doyle Edwards and husband Chad (Bend); grandnieces Avery Hart (Gunnison) and Elise Edwards (Bend); sister-in-law Kathy Winslow (Gunnison); nephews Jake Offen (Houston, Texas), and Sean McClellan and family (Franklin, Tenn.); and close friend and former spouse Christina Winslow, her mother “mom Loretta,” and their family (Littleton, Colo.).
A celebration of life for Jeff will be held in Gunnison on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at The Church of the Good Samaritan with a reception to follow. There will also be a service for his family and friends in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Richards-Hart Estate in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Jeff was kind, caring, goofy, smart, witty and so much more. He had a magnetic personality and never met a stranger who didn't become his friend. The world lost a very bright light the day Jeff passed away and we will forever miss him. May his love for music, nature, humor and adventure live on in all of us.