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Suzanne I. WestonNovember 30, 1947 ~ October 12, 2017 (age 69)
Suzanne Irene (Torgan) Weston, 69, Parker, CO was killed by a drunk driver on October 12, 2017 in Sedalia, CO. Visitation will be October 20 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 4:00. A celebration of life will follow at Stephen and Suzanne’s home.
Suzanne was born November 30, 1947 in Denver, CO to Harold and Muriel (Eaton) Torgan. She graduated from Pueblo High School where she was mentored by Barbaralu and Harry Smith. She attended Sweet Briar College for one year and finished her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at UC Santa Barbara. Throughout her life she was a loyal supporter of Sweet Briar. Suzanne followed with a Masters Degree from Cal State at Los Angeles where she met Stephen Weston while trying to teach him how to use a keypunch machine.
Suzanne and Stephen were married in June 27, 1971, in Pasadena, CA. Stephen was a “package deal” and Suzanne became mother to Lorena at the same time.
Suzanne worked in computer science for her entire career. She began as a civilian employee for the US Navy in California. When she and Stephen moved to Denver in 1972, she worked for Martin Marietta on the Voyager Program. She and Stephen moved to Anchorage, AK in 1982 where she was a software consultant. On returning to Denver, Suzanne continued working as a consultant. In 1988 she worked for ANALEX Corporation until she retired in 2006.
Suzanne had a taste for adventure. She started riding a Honda 175 in 1971. Suzanne, Stephen and Lorena took family vacations on that Honda and Stephen’s Honda 350. In 1977 Suzanne acquired a BMW and has been riding motorcycles ever since. In 1982, when they moved to Alaska, Suzanne rode her motorcycle from Denver to El Paso, then on to San Diego. She rode the entire West Coast to Seattle where she caught the ferry to Skagway. Then she proudly rode her BMW onto a train for the trip to White Horse. She rode her motorcycle the rest of the way to Anchorage. She did the entire trip by herself and surprised no one when she arrived safely. Along the way, Suzanne made many great friends. She never met a stranger. She and Stephen continued to ride motorcycles until the day she died. Suzanne and Stephen had spent a wonderful day riding with friends. She was doing what she loved.
Suzanne mentored and encouraged young people to enter the tech fields. She was very active with the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). She developed a scholarship program for college students in memory of the group’s first president. Every year she provided motorcycle escort for the Bolder Boulder event. She also rode every year to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She was an active supporter of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins. Suzanne was most involved in both local and national groups to promote motorcycle riding and safety, participating in several rallies and club events every year; always with an emphasis on safety.
Suzanne is survived by her husband of 46 years, Stephen C. Weston, her step-daughter Lorena Corzatt and her husband Richard Cleveland of Klamath Falls, OR, her step-son, Stephen C. Weston, Jr., of Los Angeles, CA., grandson Reid Corzatt and his wife Danielle Ruse of Olympia, WA and Budapest, Hungary. She also leaves behind her brother John Torgan of Phoenix, AZ and half-sisters Carol Torgan of Washington, DC and Diane and Eric Umbreit.
Contributions in memory of Suzanne may be made to:
Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, 720 Vine Drive, Ft. Collins, CO 80524, https://www.rmrp.org/
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The Susan G. Komen Foundation, 50 S Steele St #100, Denver, CO 80209, http://www.komencolorado.org/
Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services, Parker, CO is in charge of funeral arrangements.