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Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

1951 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Mark Richardson, of Morrison, Colo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, after a courageous two year battle with cancer, with family and friends at his side. He was born an identical twin in Pittsfield, on May 13, 1951, to Donald and Ethel Richardson. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, Mark moved to Denver, Colo. He was an entrepreneur, who owned many businesses, before starting the MDR Classic Carriage Company. This was one of the first carriage companies that provided horse drawn carriage rides in Denver. Mark enjoyed competing in the professional rodeo circuit. He was the PRCA Grand National Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1980. For nearly thirty years, Mark owned and operated Bear Creek Ranch and Stables offering trail rides in the scenic foothills of Lakewood, Colo. During this time, Mark contributed his time, energy and talent to a number of community events and loved introducing people to the way of life he embraced, including horse day camps for kids, riding lessons, show animals, and horse drawn wedding carriages and hayrides. Throughout the years, Mark sponsored many charitable events to benefit organizations, such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Children's Hospital. Mark was also a partner in an award winning bar and restaurant located in the small, historic town of Morrison, Colo., the Morrison Holiday Bar. Among their many honors, Coors Brewing Company chose their establishment to film a TV commercial, and most recently, gave it the distinction of the "Best Banquet Bar in America", chosen from over 2,000 locations throughout the United States. Mark always looked forward to the annual National Western Stock Show in Denver. This year his photo booth, where children and adults are photographed sitting on Longhorn and Brahma bulls, and draft horses, won "Best in Show" out of several hundred exhibits. Mark leaves behind his son, Jason, who resides in Sydney, Australia; his twin brother, John and his wife, Susan, of Pittsfield; his brother, Owen, and his wife, Andrea, of Pepperell, Mass.; sisters, Ellen and Norma Richardson, of Pittsfield; his nieces and nephews, Gabriel Gorski, Andrew Gorski and his wife, Tatyana, and Jenna Gorski, Justin and Amy Richardson, Michael and Anne Richardson, and David Richardson. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family held a private memorial service on Thursday, Feb. 12. A celebration of Mark's life is being planned for July. This will be an annual memorial event to benefit Children's Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Hospital, in care of HORAN MCCONATY, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80227.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 16, 2014
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