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Kim D. Peoria, of Louisville, died July 3, 2018 after years of battling colon cancer. He grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania. He went on to earn a degree in Bassoon Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent the next 40 years playing bassoon professionally. Soon after graduating from college, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia and held the position of principal bassoonist of the Virginia Symphony for 16 years. He also played in orchestras in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and Iowa. He played his first summer season with Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado in 1992, and continued to play there every summer for the next 26 years. He met his future wife Ingrid in the orchestra pit and moved to Boulder in 1993. In the early years Kim worked as a house painter, handyman, and property manager to support his bassoon habit, but was soon able to give those up as he became a regular fixture in Colorado's freelance classical musician community. He played second bassoon in the Boulder Philharmonic from 2000 until his death, and in the Opera Colorado orchestra from 2012 until his death. He also frequently played extra bassoon with the Colorado Symphony. As well as playing bassoon, he served as orchestra Personnel Manager for Central City Opera, Boulder Philharmonic, and Opera Colorado, as well as Assistant to the Music Director for Central City Opera. He enjoyed getting to know, and performing with, the many talented classically trained professional musicians in the area. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14. When his son Joe joined Cub Scouts, Kim rediscovered his interest in Scouting as an adult volunteer. He devoted countless hours serving in various roles including Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 372 and Committee Chair of Boy Scout Troop 377. Kim and Joe spent many memorable times in Scouting, enjoying the outdoors, doing service projects, and running events together. As a long-time Scouter, he was especially honored to receive the District Award of Merit from Longs Peak Council and the Vigil Honor from Order of the Arrow Kola Lodge. One of his most gratifying moments was seeing his son Joe also achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. On the rare occasions when he allowed himself a day off, Kim enjoyed camping, woodworking, and craft IPA. Kim was preceded in death by his mother Kathryn. He is survived by his wife Ingrid, son Joe, father Joseph, and siblings Mark, Tony, Tina, Lisa, and Matthew. Kim's family wishes to acknowledge the incredible devotion and kindness of the TRU Community Care hospice team, who worked hard to keep him comfortable in his final days. No funeral services are planned, but donations can be made in Kim's honor to any of the following organizations: Longs Peak Council BSA, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Central City Opera House Association, Opera Colorado, TRU Community Care, or to cancer research.
Published in The Daily Camera on July 11, 2018
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