Boulder Community "Champion for Good" Peter was lovingly and broadly known for his capacity to bring people together. He possessed a deep-seated belief that together we can create a better world. It was a vision and passion that drove all his efforts. You saw his tremendous impact reflected through out his entire, yet short life. With an early start as an elite athlete, he will be remembered as a world-class Olympian ranking fifth in the world in ski racing by the age of fifteen. This success followed him. He would go on to earn a degree in Philosophy from the University of Denver where he also was part of the top flight "DU" alpine ski team. Most recently Peter would have the unique role as the "networking czar" for the globally recognized event production company, the Van Heyst Group, based here in Boulder Colorado. If you wonder what that title encapsulated ask anyone whom he touched and they will tell you. He made connections that lead to people innovating their thinking. Pete had a knack for getting all of us past barriers to big solutions. His gift to us was in activating our own intelligent optimism. His spirit for enthusiasm will be deeply missed by those who were lucky to be in his sphere. The loss will be deeply felt by me, and his sons, Ruehl and Fearon. The feeling of loss extends to his parents Phil and Susan and his brother and sister, Mark and Dana. Scores of close friends and neighbors will miss this man who often joked he was the community parent. In memory of PJ, we ask that donations be made to the World Wildlife Foundation. You can go here and adopt a species. http://bit.ly/1Qx1trG Or we suggest you keep his spirit alive by making a contribution to his foundation. http://whatwouldpeterdo.org Funds will extend his vision of positively impacting people, business and the environment. Our plan is to celebrate his life at our home at noon on May 2nd. Please come by 502 Highland Avenue here in Boulder. We suggest that you ride your bike if you are able. A second gathering will occur this summer on August 1st at his family home on Lake Michigan. I encourage you to join the storytelling on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carrie.v.johnson
Published in The Daily Camera on Apr. 27, 2015.