Obituary: Judith Brown Lorens
Loving mother and wife, Grand County and Grand Lakelegend, mentor to some and dear friend to many, “Miss Judy”passed away peacefully while on vacation in Peru on
March 11, 2016.
Born January 15, 1936 in Chico, California, Judy is survived by her children Tracee and Stanton, her brother Milt, granddaughter Alexandra, nieces and nephews and all those she touched with her dynamic and passionate personality.
Judy hiked up Machu Picchu in Peru two days prior to passing away, and commented to her daughter Tracee how proud she was to beat others half her age to the summit!
Tracee was with Judy when she passed, holding her hand and comforting her as she transitioned.
“Miss Judy,” the name so many of her friends and colleagues affectionately used, went to high school in Gridley, California and attended college at the University of
Judy’s career began as a teacher, and she touched many children’s lives with her dedication, intelligence and commitment to learning. There are a lot of adults here in
Grand County who fondly remember her as their tough, but fair, English teacher at
Middle Park High School.
It was when Judy founded “Grand Disposal” with her husband Chris in the early
1970’s that she really hit her stride. She came up with the slogan “Trashin is our
Passion” and the rest is history. Her business acumen and strategies carried Grand
Disposal to great success for more than 20 years.
After selling Grand Disposal, Judy moved on to the restaurant business. She purchased 1000 Grand Ave in Grand Lake, formerly known as “Squeeky Bob
Wheelers,” in 1992 and ran “EG’s Garden Grill” with her sons, E.G. and Stanton, for
14 years. Her passion and vision helped create one of Grand County’s most unique and delicious restaurants. In fact, in 1999, “EG’s” was named one of Colorado’s best restaurants by Denver’s “5280” magazine.
Judy Lorens was one of a kind. Her love of Grand Lake and Grand County was unparalleled. Her positive attitude and dynamic personality touched many, and her memory will live on forever in the hearts and minds of countless numbers of Grand
County’s residents. Thank you for everything “Miss Judy,” we love you dearly and will miss you always. Rest in Peace Judith Brown Lorens.
Memorial services will be held at Trinity Church In the Pines on Friday June 3rd at
10:00 am. A reception and celebration of life will follow at the Lorens family home.
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