Frank Bulkley II: 1914-2012
Frank Bulkley II passed away at his Englewood home on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Born July 26,1914, in Denver, the Colorado ski industry pioneer became an enthusiastic skier at Berthoud Pass in the early 1930s. He ran a children’s ski bus to Berthoud and when Winter Park Ski Area opened in 1939-40 he started the Winter Park Ski School and Ski Shop.
He served in World War II, first in the 10th Mountain Division and later as a 1st lieutenant with the 42nd infantry.
Renowned for founding the Eskimo Ski Club, which introduced thousands of young skiers to the sport, he was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1978, received the Halstead Award and was honored with the President’s Award from Colorado Ski Country USA. The Eskimo Ski Club became a Denver institution and was a contributing factor to Winter Park’s early success.
In 1949 he married Nancy Van Stone who became vital to the operation of the Club and the Eskimo Ski Shops.
Frank is survived by his wife, Nancy; four children, Anne, Frank III (JoAnn), Mary Goodin, Laura Dalgarno; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister: Peter, Morton, Samuel and Emily. He is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Rue and Louise Garland, and by thousands of former Eskimo Club members.
An engaging man, he was kind and caring with a wonderful sense of humor. A memorial service is scheduled Thursday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Highline Community Church, 3651 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver. A reception will follow at the Wellshire Inn to relive and remember the wonderful and varied experiences he brought to family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Boys and Girls Club or Food Bank of the Rockies.
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