Maurice ‘Maury’ Phelan FlanaganNovember 10, 1928 – July 19, 2016
Maurice “Maury” Phelan Flanagan passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at his home in Denver, Colorado. Maury was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on November 10, 1928. He married Glenda Rawls Flanagan on January 11, 1958 in Grand Lake, Colorado.
Maury was a graduate of Milford High School (NH), and attended St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH. Disappointed when poor eyesight prevented him from serving in the military, he spent five years “ski bumming” around the country. He settled in Winter Park, Colorado where he felt snow conditions were consistently best. In 1953, Maury joined the Winter Park Ski School and taught until failing eyesight forced him to retire in 1978. He later served as the first Ski School Director at Silver Creek Ski Area (now Ski Granby Ranch). Maury was proud of the fact that he skied for 60 consecutive seasons without injury.
Maury’s summer employment included stone masonry and landscaping. Maury met Glenda while both were working at C Lazy U Ranch (which they later returned to manage in the early 1970’s). Theirs was the first wedding performed in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Grand Lake. They gave birth to a son, Tim Flanagan in 1959.
In 1975, Maury and Glenda opened the first Flanagan’s Ski Rentals. Several other locations followed over the next 23 years. Maury was a 55+ year member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). He was also a member of the National Ski Patrol, the USEASA, the Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Association, a charter member of the Grand County Historical Association, and a devoted member of the Catholic church.
After his retirement in 1994, Maury and Glenda moved to downtown Denver, where he enjoyed cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos, listening to talk radio and entertaining an endless stream of visitors.
Maury is survived by his wife of 58 years (Glenda), son (Tim), daughter-in-law (Caryn), and two grandchildren (Kathryn and Sarah). He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Katherine (Phelan) Flanagan and one brother.
Rosary and visitation will be at Mt. Olivet Chapel 12801 W. 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033 on Monday, July 25 at 7pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at the same location on Tuesday July 26, at 11:30AM. (A reception will be held at 9:30AM prior to the Mass.) A graveside service will be on Tuesday, 3PM at the Fraser Cemetery, with a reception to follow in Winter Park.
Memorials may be made to The Grand County Historical Society, PO Box 165 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451 or the Mother of God Catholic Church, 475 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203.
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