Mountain View Bible Fellowship
1575 S Saint Vrain Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
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Dale Vrabec

1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dale Vrabec Obituary
Dale Vrabec was a remarkable man with wide-ranging interests and many devoted friends. His ability to connect on a deeply personal level with whomever he met was an extraordinary gift. Dale was born in Japan on July 5, 1926. After some time overseas, Dale and his mother, Setti Line Vrabec, returned to the United States in April of 1933 , sailing into San Francisco while the Golden Gate Bridge was under construction. Dale grew up in Ojai, California, where he pursued his interest in astronomy. He built his own high-resolution solar spectroscope at 11 years of age. He was a "techie" even then. Dale continued his formal education at Caltech in Pasadena, CA , where he received degrees in Astronomy and Astrophysics. During World War II, all Caltech campus housing was being used for the military, so Dale was forced to find off-campus housing. Responding to an ad in the paper, he knocked on the door at 560 S. Allen Ave. in Pasadena. When a pretty high school girl named Sylvia Barbour opened the door, Dale fell head over heels in love with her- "love at first sight" as he always said. He loved Sylvia with a devotion that most people can only dream of ̶ something to which all of Dale's friends can attest. Dale never really recovered from Sylvia's passing on March 8, 2014. Dale's lengthy career at The Aerospace Corporation included designing and building a state-of-the-art solar telescope in the San Fernando Valley, CA, being on a crew launching rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and designing highly classified surveillance instruments for the Air Force. Dale was passionate about Nepal and the Nepalese people. He went on five extensive trekking adventures in the Himalayas ̶ trekking to both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of Everest and Makalu. When Dale retired from The Aerospace Corporation in 1988, he and Sylvia moved to Estes Park, Colorado. Without the demands of a 60-hour work week, Dale was free to pursue his wide-ranging interests , including solar astronomy, music, astrophysics, Florentine art, Himalayan mountaineering, and anything having to do with airplanes, rockets and satellites. He loved Google Earth , and spent hours viewing his beloved Himalayas. He delighted in sharing his music,his "heart Language",with his friends, often inviting them over for an evening of music played on his high-end audiophile sound system. In his later years, Dale lived for time with his friends ; people energized him. He got excited every time he made another "amazing connection" with a new person. He never knew a stranger. As so many people in Estes Park can testify, the ability he had to connect with people was an irresistible force. In the last week of his extraordinary life, Dale told his friends, "My life has been utterly fulfilled. I have been privileged to meet so many amazing people." Dale leaves behind a daughter, Kathryn Lewis, and son-in-law, Jim Lewis, of Lakewood, Colorado ; four grandchildren (Christopher Haven, Sarah Levine, Katie Pernosky and Tabitha Barbour), and seven great grandchildren. Dale will be greatly missed by his family and his devoted friends from around the world. A celebration of Dale's life will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11AM at Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church, 1575 South Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, Colorado 80517. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a donation in Dale's memory to Samaritan's Purse for their work in Nepal (Nepal Projects #014022). https://www.samaritan spurse.org/our-ministry/ donate-online/
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Sept. 15, 2017
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