Jodey John Anderson (1955 - 2019) Obituary
The Anderson family had long been a respected name in Evergreen with family roots dating back to 1881. Jodey’s great grandparents had been indentured servants to Swedes who came to this country in 1881 and settled in Georgetown. After fulfilling the terms of their indenture, they turned to ranching on Upper Bear Creek in 1895.
The Andersons operated their “expanded shoe box” with a sense of obligation to the community, being good role models by always giving back. Watching the business grow was, for many in the local business community, a prime example of success.
Because of their excellent credit rating, the Anderson’s were permitted by the state and federal governments to sell gasoline tax-free to municipal entities such as fire departments, the school district, and the State Highway Department, saving them from having to file for tax refunds.
With a flood of self-deprecating humor about his gay status, Jodey related the time that his parents tried to force him to get married and he threatened to tie the knot with a gal known to have a severe drug problem. So, on July 17, 1993, a friend of a friend performed a ceremony in which Jodey “married” Mother Earth. “I’ve been happily married ever since.”
Jodey has become a regular on the Facebook page “You know you’re from Evergreen if your [sic] remember”. He’s been here in Evergreen longer than most and has become one of the better-recognized historians who contribute and urge others to post old-time photos.
Life Celebration for the one, the only - Jodey Anderson!
On Friday, July 12, 2019, our brother Jodey John Anderson passed away. He was born in 1955 and enjoyed telling people that he had three birthdays. He liked birthdays. He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1973 and attended the Colorado School of Mines for a short time.
Jodey had a keen intellect and the eye of an artist. His high school chemistry teacher told his mother that he was the most gifted student he had ever taught.
Jodey went to work at Henderson Mine on Berthoud Pass, mining molybdenum. He enjoyed working there, loving the bizarre schedule and the people he met.
Moving on, he came to work for our parents at Anderson's Mountain Market.
After Anderson's Mountain Market was sold, he set out to eradicate the invasive thistles, starting on his property and expanding to include the entire valley.
In lieu of flowers, please pull up a thistle in Jodey's honor. If you insist on giving money, please give to the Mountain Area Land Trust.
An afternoon of remembrance, music, food, drink and community on the old Anderson ranch land.
Jodey loved Evergreen and all it's creatures, including us.
Let's send him off with a wake befitting the singular human being we all loved.
Food, drink and music will be provided. Bring your memories, good wishes and dancin' feet and/or maybe a chair. Rock and roll provided by an esteemed crew of old friends. Much love....
Saturday August 3rd at 3 PM – 6 PM
Yankee Creek - Upper Bear Creek Rd. to Yankee Creek, follow the signs