Kevin C. Sullivan, 67 of Pine, Colorado died January 30, 2024 after an extended battle with cancer and heart disease. Kev grew up in Ohio where he honed his outdoor skills, learned to sail on Cape Cod during the summers and later moved to Colorado in 1994. Kev loved the outdoors and his lifelong friend Tim described Kev as a “mountain man” just like the character in the movie Jeremiah Johnson. Tim also remembered that Kev’s outdoor skills and knowledge in backpacking and mountaineering always ensured a safe return home. Kev was single and took many trips to pursue his passion; Denali, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Wrangell-St. Elias, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains, Cumberland Gap, Snake River Gorge, New River Gorge, Gauley River and the Florida Keys; .state parks, rivers, mountain towns, ski towns and a plethora or unnamed mountain summits; he loved the views at elevation.
Kevs outgoing personality and sense of humor served him well as he would seek out the locals, gaining first hand knowledge about the locations he was visiting. As Patagonia disciples would say, he was the ultimate “dirt-bag”. He lived his environmental values and “leave no trace” was a mantra he always practiced. Kev also loved the Grateful Dead and was a true Dead Head.
Kev was the 7th of 8 children growing up in Mansfield, Ohio and is survived by his brother Mark Sullivan of Columbus, Ohio and sister Julie Sullivan Ahern of Harwich, MA; three nephews and two nieces, sister-in-law Tammy Sullivan and brother-in-law Mike Ahern; and four step brothers. Kev is also survived by his lifelong and loving friends- Russell Barbone of Littleton, CO (friends since toddlers);
Tim Thompson of Evergreen, Co; Deanna Baysinger of Evergreen, CO, Jack Sudemac of Pickerington, OH, Tom Campbell of Dublin, OH and Joyce Rutherford and Rich Finney of Morrison, Co. A celebration of life dinner was held in Evergreen, CO and attended by Kevs friends, family and co-workers.
Kev, May you fly over the mountains and soar over the oceans to a more beautiful home full of grace and love. We will miss you.
“River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
All the way back home
Going home Going home
By the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul”
_Brokedown Palace by the Grateful Dead