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Peter Clinton Miles, known to almost all as Pete, age 55, of Granby, Colorado passed away at home on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Pete was born March 8, 1957 in Southgate, Kentucky to Allen Clinton Miles and Joan Marie (Pawk) Miles. Pete grew up primarily in Delaware and graduated from Claymont High School in 1975. He attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a B.A. in geography in 1979.
While growing up Pete was often found on the golf course or in some other athletic endeavor. His lifelong loves of travel and music, each fostered by one of his parents, started at this early age.
Shortly after his college graduation he migrated west to Colorado and was immediately at home in the high country among his beloved mountains. He worked for the United States Forest Service, Columbine Lake Properties and several other places before starting his own business, I Can Fix That Too. He was skilled at carpentry, plumbing and all sorts of maintenance and small repair.
His greatest joys (besides his two daughters) were the outdoors and music. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, loved to camp, boat, and hike and basically do anything out of doors. The elk and trout of Grand County are much safer now in his passing. November elk camp was probably his favorite time of the year and several of the stories of his elk hunting are the stuff of legend.
Pete was also an extremely talented musician who excelled at the clarinet, piano, and flute. But he was most well known as a guitarist and singer and played with several local bands over the years including the Shadow Mountain Boys and Tasty Home Cookin'. He also performed as a soloist in different venues across Grand County. His musical performances allowed him to meet Betty White, among others, and he loved connecting with his audiences through his gift of song.
Pete is survived by his daughters, Kimberly Brooke Miles of San Francisco, California and Savannah Joy Reeve Miles of Fraser, and a brother David Allen Miles of Woodstock, Vermont.
A memorial service was held outdoors in the mountains on Saturday, May 12. His remains will be distributed at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311 or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 5705 Grant Creek, Missoula, MT 59808 You may visit his memorial website at www.grandcountymortuary.com and share thoughts of Pete or leave condolences for the family. Mark H. Shearon of Grand County Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements. 970-725-9010
Saturday, May 12th, 2012 2:00pm, Convention Center at SilverCreek
I am so sorry for your loss. Pete was a very special man whom I admired for his free spirit and talent. I first met Pete in 1981 when he was dating my good friend Marla from Ft. Collins. This friendship led to many visits to Grand Lake and evenings listening to Pete play music. They are some of my most cherished memories. I only learned of Pete's passing today when I was looking for Pete to visit him this summer while we would be in Grandby. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Wade and Carol Ann Chase Colorado Springs CO
Carol Ann Chase Jul 15 2014 12:00 AM
Dear Miles Family - Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. It is with great appreciation and gratitude that we remember Peter and his shared love of Elk Country. Sincerely, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation May 21 2012 12:00 AM
My condolences go out to Pete's family,I can't imagine how difficult it must be for Kimberly and Savannah to lose there Dad at an early age. I had the opportunity to be be one of the first fans of the shadow mountain boys when we worked together in the forest Service many years ago. Our mornings would start out with a cup of beans and enjoying the sun coming up over the mountains, then we would get to work. He truly new the priorities of life, his memories will carry on.
Bill Mastroe May 18 2012 12:00 AM
Pete was a great guy and a great musician. I will really miss hearing Pete perform "Over the Rainbow". I always loved accompaning Pete on the harmonica while he played "Lay Around the Shanty" and numerous other favorites. I envied his laid back style and easy going manner. My condolences to Pete's family. So long Pete, you will be missed.
Snork O''Rourke May 17 2012 12:00 AM
Pete was my brother by choice. He and I often talked about our respective brothers by blood and our circle of brothers by choice. We were among the original Shadow Mountain Boys with Mike (Champs) Horan and Gary Miller. I can't even begin to scratch the surface of the fun we had whilst "Jez Pickin", the sleep we lost to long night-time sessions, and the positive energy generated by our musical efforts. I've always been a simplistic grunt strummer privileged to play with a player of Pete's caliber. Didn't know I could be part of such a sound. I have so many memories of Pete's family, his daughters, his inner circle of cronies. Meals of grilled elk (I provided the trout to make it what Pete called High Country Surf and Turf) meticulously and patiently prepared perfectly by Pete. I'll always carry Pete with me and could tell friends or strangers dozens of outrageous stories of the fun we had together. Hiking, skiing, goofing off, glorifying nature and our place in it. Because of the unique phenomena of "Pete Time", I learned to just give it up and turn myself over to Pete's way of doing things. No point to fight it, but instead choosing to go with the flow. Now Pete himself is turned over to the spirits that governed his life and lifestyle. Pete, I've always loved you, I always will, and you always let me know that you knew it. Thanks for making my life immeasurably more precious than it possibly could have been without knowing Grizzly Pete.
Tom Adams May 16 2012 12:00 AM
Pete was a huge part of my formative years. My real father wasn't much a part of my life at that time and moving to Colorado from Iowa was both incredibly exciting and also a little scary. Over my years of living in Pete's home and getting to know him he taught me so much about hunting, fishing, backpacking, and in general just being part of the wilderness that surrounds us. I've not seen or spoken to Pete in a number of years for a variety of reasons but those formative memories and tools Pete provided me with were a true gift and have gone a long way to make me into the person I am today. You'll be missed by me Pete. Take care Kimberly and Savannah, your Dad is in a better place. Love, Dustin
Dustin Hinrichs May 14 2012 12:00 AM
I was fortunate enough to get to know Peter doing business with him. He always had a smile, and he was one of most enjoyable guys I had ever worked with. I will never forget the pain my heart felt when I heard that he had an accident on HWY 40. But that pain was nothing compared to when I got the call that he was no longer with us. We both had a passion for artifacts, and we would talk rocks when I saw him. He had some artifacts that he wanted to show me, but when he brought them in, I was gone or at lunch, and we always missed each other. I never did see the artifacts, but hopefully one day we will get a chance to talk rocks again... I wish I would have known him better, good honest and caring men are getting harder to find, and he was one of the best guys around! I sure will miss him, and hope the best for him and his family.
Tyson D. Arnold May 14 2012 12:00 AM
My condolences and sympathy go out to Pete's family, especially Kimberly and Savannah, and to Pete's many friends, who I count myself glad to be among. Pete was a good friend and fellow musician from our time working together at the Forest Service in the early 1980s and his friendship will be greatly missed.
Mike Horan May 11 2012 12:00 AM