Roger Falter, of Bailey, Colorado, passed away peacefully on December 30 after a brief battle with cancer. He was known by many as generous, caring, and mellow. He was an incredible father and grandfather, a sandal-wearing mountain biker, renegade mandolin player, and master craftsman and builder. Roger will always be loved and remembered for the way he shared his kind and generous soul, setting aside personal needs to create a happier existence for those around him. Roger was born July 11, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio. He knew at a young age that he was a wandering soul who was never lost in his life of adventure. In 1972, upon graduation from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, Roger hitchhiked to Colorado with some friends and "nothing but the shirt on my back". He knew he had found his true home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and never left. He raised two sons, and turned his talent to create with his hands into a fulfilling livelihood as a home builder and performing musician. Roger often wrote words of wisdom, which he gained from the great adventure he continuously created for himself. He made music and shared the stage with many people through the years. Roger touched folks with his musical talent and delivery - performing solo, in bands, and (most recently) with Pat Travis and Kicked To The Curb. Roger is survived by his son Casey (Erin Whaley) Falter and granddaughter Cordelia of Crested Butte, Colorado; his son Aine (Jessica Chagnon) Falter, granddaughter Manalou, and grandson Ullr of Golden, BC, Canada; his dear friend, love and music companion Patricia Travis of Evergreen, Colorado; his siblings in Ohio: sister Linda (Ron Johnson) Falter, sister Karen (Bob) Meyer, sister Mary (Ed) Vollmar, brother John (Mary Ann) Falter, and sister Julie (Ron) Brant. Roger was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Richard and Ruth Falter of Troy, Ohio. In honor of Roger, a memorial gathering will take place later in the year at a safer time when all of his family and friends are best able to be present. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Roger's honor to the following organizations: local pet charity, Intermountain Humane Society (www.IMHS.org
); Chase the Music, an organization supporting the creation and performance of original music for critically ill children (www.chasethemusic.org
); and/or one of the many covid-related musicians relief funds. "But, now I'm Back On Track, and I'm feeling so much better…Back On Track, there ain't no nasty weather…Back On Track…yeah…oh, I'm comin' home now…Back On Track, and I'm comin' home to you…Yeah, here I come." -"Back On Track" from Roger's 2003 album "Memories Of A Fool"