Maurice ‘Maury’ Phelan Flanagan

Maurice "Maury" Phel­an Flanagan passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at his home in Denver, Colo.

Maury was born in Nash­ua, NH, on Nov. 10, 1928.

He married Glenda Rawls Flanagan on Janu­ary 11, 1958 in Grand Lake, Colo.

Maury was a graduate of Milford High School, and attended St. Anselm 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, Colo., 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 1970s). 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 was be at Mt. Olivet Cha­pel 12801 W. 44th Avenue, What Ridge, Colo., 80033 on Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass was held at the same loca­tion on Tuesday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m. (A reception was held at 9:30 a.m. prior to the Mass). A graveside service was on Tuesday, 3 p.m. at the Fraser Cem­etery, with a reception fol­lowing in Winter Park.

Memorials may be made to The Grand County His­torical Society, PO Box 165, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., 80451, or the Mother of God Catholic Church, 475 Logan St., Denver, Colo., 80203.