Joseph MacArthur Riddle

Joseph MacArthur Riddle died November 18, 2012, at the age of 70, in Lafayette, Colorado. Joe was born October 10, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Avanell S. and Warren F. Riddle. He was raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He left Bradford following his graduation from high school in 1960, heading for the mountains of Colorado. Joe enrolled at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1966, and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1969. He began his law practice in Boulder, which he continued through 1999. He then continued his career as a mediator/arbitrator for ten years, until he suffered a major stroke in March, 2009. In addition to his law practice, Joe enjoyed an active life, especially skiing and hiking with his children. He was a member of the charter rugby club in Boulder, played softball and basketball in the city leagues of Boulder for many years, and also enjoyed rock climbing, bicycling, and golf. Joe was a skilled woodworker, turning out many projects, which are now cherished by his children and grandchildren. He also relished the time spent in his tepee, especially with his grandkids. Joe found his heart in the mountains, and became the 1356th person to have climbed all 54 of Colorado's "14-ers". He climbed Mt. Rainier in 1987, and one year later, he near-summited Denali in Alaska. Joe also enjoyed rafting Colorado's rivers, and included the Grand Canyon in this endeavor. Later, sea kayaking the waters and canyons of Baja California became a sacred retreat. Joe maintained his membership in the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Mountain Club, and the American Alpine Club. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Ronald Riddle. He is survived by siblings Mary Kay Harrington (Richard) of Franklinville, New York, Sarah Mangel (Brad) of Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Robert Riddle (Carol) of White, Georgia. Joe married Kathryn Wardner (Oakes) in 1967. During their 27 year marriage, they raised three beloved daughters: Erika Riddle Primozich (Duane), Kate Brandreth Riddle, and Jennifer Riddle Griebel (Matthew). They all survive him, along with his treasured grandchildren: Samuel Joseph Primozich, Alice Brandreth Primozich, Arlo Potter Primozich, and Leo MacArthur Griebel. He will be remembered for his contributions as a legal counselor, role as a father-figure to many, uncanny ability to get lost and yet find his way, silk-like turns on the slopes, connection to Native American culture, talent for building and fixing anything, practical jokes, irreverent sense of humor and robust body and spirit. His family will be eternally grateful for his unconditional love, unwavering guidance and support, deep life lessons, appreciation for nature, and generosity. A Service in Celebration of Joe's life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, December 8th, at the First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder, CO. A reception will follow. Donations in Joe's memory can be made to the Colorado Mountain Club, 710 10th St. Suite 200, Golden, CO 80401 or the Mapleton Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (specify on memo line), c/o BCH Foundation, PO Box 9019, Boulder, CO 80301. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at

Published in The Daily Camera from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2012