Congratulations to 2019 Grand Marshal winner Rick Deane!
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and the City of Aspen have selected local resident Rick Deane as the leader of the 2019 Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Grand Marshal of this year’s celebration.
Rick Deane was born and raised in Aspen and has remained a lifelong and dedicated resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and the iconic T-Lazy-7 Ranch. Although the Deane family originally came to the valley in 1880, T-Lazy-7 Ranch is celebrating 80 years as Aspen’s oldest continuously-run business thanks to Rick’s leadership and commitment throughout his life. In his early 20’s Rick launched a snowmobile rental operation, and last year marked T-Lazy-7 Snowmobiles’ 50th year in business providing scenic adventure tours to the Maroon Bells. Rick has been involved with and donated snowmobile tours to the Disabled American Veterans’ Winter Sports Clinic since 1987 as well as the Shinning Stars, formerly known as the Sunshine Kids, since the early 1990s. He also raised two children, Besha and Jesse, and continues to volunteer his time to Mountain Rescue Aspen as their longest active member and serving our community for over 41 years. Other accomplishments and recognition include setting (and holding for 13 years) the motorcycle record for the 1976 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, receiving the National Association for Search and Rescue 1990 Valor Award, receiving the 1996 Greg Mace Award, and receiving the 2007 Aspen Elks Lodge Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, for which he has been a member for 53 years. To this day, Rick still rises at dawn every day to actively manage both T-Lazy-7 Ranch and his snowmobile business.
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and the City of Aspen are proud to have Rick Deane lead the community in this year’s Fourth of July Parade and add Grand Marshal to his impressive list of accomplishments.