Community to come together Friday to celebrate life of Toby Hargadine |

Community to come together Friday to celebrate life of Toby Hargadine

Toby Hargadine

The community will come together Friday to celebrate the memory of Kremmling resident Toby Hargadine, who is remembered for his passion for the outdoors and love of family and friends.

Thirty-seven-year-old Hargadine and Crysta Berntsen, 26, of Minturn died after their vehicle went off a steep cliff on Trough Road in Grand County on Jan. 3.

Hargadine was widely known in the Kremmling community for his work with local youth church groups, for his family’s businesses and at West Grand High School as a coach and substitute teacher.

“Toby Hargadine was a great member of our community and such a valued member of our ‘staffulty,’” said Darrin Peppard, superintendent of West Grand School District. “Toby supported kids in our district through coaching, substitute teaching, and being a positive role model. West Grand Schools extends our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

A community celebration of Hargadine’s life will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11 inside the West Grand High School auditorium. The Kremmling Community Church and West Grand Athletics are collecting memorial contributions for Hargadine.

Hargadine’s unexpected death leaves behind his parents, Dave and Deb Hargadine of Kremmling, his brothers, grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as his numerous friends.

Born Jan. 3, 1982 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Hargadine and his family relocated to Kremmling in 1984. He attended West Grand Schools from kindergarten to high school, graduating in 2000.

After graduation, Hargadine received aviation training at Aims Community College, attended worship school training and was very active in his faith, working for a bible camp, a multi-church youth group and at The Gathering Worship Ministry.

He coached volleyball and basketball at West Grand High School, worked as a ranch hand for Yust Ranch and the Culbreath Ranch and also drove a Federal Express truck.

In his spare time, Hargadine enjoyed archery hunting and landscape and wildlife photography.

Berntsen shared Hargadine’s passion for the outdoors, being an avid equestrian.

She was born Oct. 20, 1996 in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up mostly in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in animal science.

A well-known lover of horses, Berntsen had her own horse, named Devon, and was a member of the Rutgers Mounted Police before moving to Colorado.

Berntsen’s love of the mountains and outdoor recreation brought her to Colorado where she worked as a trail guide at Beaver Creek and Bear Cat Stables, as a ski instructor at Beaver Creek, as a ski patrol at Vail Mountain, an assessor for the Bureau of Land Management and, most recently, as a delivery driver for Federal Express.

She enjoyed traveling, hiking, rodeos, horseback riding, skiing and snowboarding. She cared deeply for her horse, her dog, Juno, and her goat, Tillie.

She is survived by her mother, Ann Marie Giambattista, her sister and brother-in-law and a niece.

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