Minn. native, Colorado avalanche victim Joe Timlin remembered

8:23 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Former classmates and teachers are remembering the life of Joe Timlin, a 1999 graduate of Rosemount High School.

On Saturday, Timlin died in one of Colorado's deadliest avalanches in more than 50 years. While backcountry snowboarding in Loveland Pass, Timlin and five other men were buried by a massive avalanche 600 feet wide and eight feet deep. Only one survived.

"He was an outdoors-type and loved being out and about," recalls Mary Eigner, a former teacher at Rosemount High School. "Tim was fun-loving and a good kid."

Timlin played hockey while at Rosemount High School, but because of his love for snowboarding moved to Colorado.

"As sad as this is it doesn't surprise me," says Eigner. "He was the adventurous type, but this is just tragic."

He had worked as a sales representative for various snowboarding companies, but was also considered a very experienced rider.

"When I heard the news I was pretty sad," said Derek Anderson, a 1999 grad from Rosemount. "He was a neat guy."

This season, 24 people have died in avalanches, 11 in Colorado. More than three feet of heavy snow in less than two weeks has created dangerous conditions in the mountains.

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