I first met Jon "Zeke" Zdechlik in the summer of 2012. We were absolute strangers from completely different winter sports backgrounds, he a cross country guy and me a snowboard dude. We quickly discovered that we shared a passion for childrens athletics and so he patiently listened to my "Lil Rascals Rail Jam" snowboard pitch!
He showed me a piece of dirt out front of the Frisco Advernture Park lodge, I said that this location would work, he looked at me and just said, sure, lets do it! He worked in a huge fireworks show & birthday cake for the kids too besides delivering an awesome venue. It was an awesome event, thanks to him!
Jon was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, shortly before Thanksgiving in November of 2013. The diagnosis came as a shock — Zdechlik, an active cross-country skier, had never smoked a day in his life.
Zeke was tireless at work, always at the ready it would seem. I don't think I ever got his voicemail, he was just that kind of guy. We hosted multiple Rail Jams at the Adventure Park at his insistence. I believe he loved the energy that a throng of kids bring!
Zdechlik is survived by his wife, Sherri, and their four children. A memorial service is planned for this Friday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Breckenridge.
A reception will be held afterwards at Beaver Run Resort. The family requests that instead of flowers that contributions be sent to the Jon Zdechlik Memorial Fund through Wells Fargo Bank, #7307456702. More details can be found through Zdechlik’s CaringBridge page.
“He was a tremendous man, a dedicated husband, and a dedicated father,” Jon Kreamelmyer a close friend of Jon's said. “It doesn’t get much better than that to be honest with you.”
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2015 Snowboard & Skier Medals
53 Gold, 36 Silver & 30 Bronze totaling a RECORD 119 medals, nearly twice as many medals at the National Championships than any other USASA series in the nation. For the tenth consecutive season, the Rocky Mountain Series snowboarders & skiers have set the bar high, adding another nationals to the record books and making this season one that you all should truly be proud of.
Lets not forget that each and every Rocky Series member contributed to this accomplishment. Its not a "walk in the park" at our local events, every regional podium finish is hard fought, well earned & deserved. Its no wonder that other series riders stop in at our events to see how the measure up against you!
Its because of your efforts all season long that we've been able to get into the record books season after season.
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