Via the Boulder Daily Camera:

Jim Fogelberg: A man of many gifts and a passion for life

By Mitchell Byars Camera Staff Writer

When family and friends list all the things Boulder’s Jim Fogelberg enjoyed doing in his free time, it’s hard to imagine how he found enough hours in the day to enjoy them all.

“He was a Renaissance man,” said his wife, Geni. “He used all sides of his brain, creative, analytical. He could just do it all.”

All of the people Fogelberg met in his many adventures mourned Wednesday upon hearing that Fogelberg, 64, was struck and killed Tuesday evening in a collision with a car in Fort Collins where he worked.

A Fairview High and University of Colorado graduate, Fogelberg was a multi-talented man who could do just about whatever he set his mind to, his family said.

“He could do pretty much anything, no exaggeration,” said Robyn Fogelberg, Jim’s sister-in-law. “He had so many interests.”

Those interests included cycling, music, astronomy, skiing, carpentry and acting. And when he did something, his friends said he was usually pretty good at it.

“When you think about him, you can think of him in so many different ways because he was so talented in so many different things,” said Harv Mastarlir, who has known Fogelberg since they were kids.

“You have your story about riding a bike with him, knowing he could smoke you but he stayed back so he could talk to you. Or when you were playing music and you know he’s so talented and so good, but he was kind of playing back with you to keep everything equal. That’s kind of how he was. He never tried to be better than other people even when it was obvious that he was.

“He was this really great guy, one of those good people you get to meet. I’m fortunate I got to know him and spend as much time with him as I did.”

Joan Bell, who knew Fogelberg through the Upstart Crow, a Boulder acting group that both she and Fogelberg were part of, said the news of his death was shocking to everyone.

“Total disbelief,” she said. “All I could think was that he wasn’t here anymore, a very good friend wasn’t here anymore.”

Robyn Fogelberg said she still remembers after her husband Dan — Jim’s brother — had a heart attack that left him without some of his memories, Jim visited every day after work to be with him and served as his “window to the past.”

“He was very selfless. He would do anything for anyone,” she said. “He was a wonderful father, a wonderful husband, a wonderful friend.”

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