Melvin J. Bremer

Mel Bremer, born July 6, 1940, to James and Ella Bremer at North Loup, Neb., passed peacefully on June 13, 2009, at his home in Pagosa Springs, where he has resided since 1993.

Mel’s childhood was spent on the family farm near St. Libory, Neb. He attended Zion Lutheran grade school and then high school and three years college at Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska. His love of the mountains developed during summers fighting fires with his brother for the Forest Service in Idaho. He went on to become an art teacher/coach in Springfield, Mass. In 1967, he moved to Aspen, Colo., getting hands-on construction experience as the building began on a new ski area called Snowmass.

He met Pat Bouille of Elmira, New York, in Steamboat Springs and they were married in Ouray, Colo., in 1971. Mel went on to start his own business, Bremer Design, designing and drafting custom homes for contractors in various Colorado resort towns. Favorite projects because of the people he worked with and the creativity involved were Valentino’s Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, and his sister’s home in Palmer, Neb. Another project he was pleased with was the stainless steel entry signs for the Town of Frisco, Colo. He became interested in sculpture related projects and pursued them extensively. His current enthusiasm was creating stainless steel and colored glass hanging sculpture.

Mel and Pat experienced a passion for Colorado’s high country — hiking, skiing and photographing the natural beauty. He always enjoyed sharing these experiences with visiting friends, siblings and his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; sister Elaine and Norman Korte, of Columbus, Neb.; brother Bill and Judy Bremer, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister Kathy and Wendell Uldrich, of Frisco, Texas; sister Connie and Gary Bader, of Palmer, Neb.; brother-in-law John and Dorothy Bouille, of Bradenton, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ella Bremer, of St. Libory, Neb.

A private celebration honoring his life was held at the family home.