Jeffrey Scott Auxier, 55, of Salida died Feb. 21, 2017.

He was born Dec. 10, 1961, in Huntington, W.Va.

The family then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Upon finishing high school in Miami, Fla., he moved to Vail.

He joined the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, serving mostly in North Carolina.

Mr. Auxier graduated from Indiana University and received his law degree from the University of Denver.

He returned to Vail to practice law.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, biking and kayaking.

His love for kayaking motivated him to move to Salida and the Arkansas River.

He continued to practice law in Salida.

Mr. Auxier was an avid reader and had accumulated a deep knowledge and love for history.

Friends and family said he was a seeker of truth and justice.

They said his smile lit up a room, and at 6 feet, 5 inches, he was a gentle giant with a hearty laugh and a wry sense of humor and a true friend to many.

Friends and family said Mr. Auxier was well known for his kindness toward animals and especially his love for his dogs.

Family and friends said he will be sorely missed.

Survivors include his brother, Christopher; mother, Sonja Craythorne; father, Edward Auxier; stepfather, Dr. Brian Craythorne; stepbrothers, Dr. Barry (Susan) Craythorne and Kevin (Grace) Craythorne; niece, Milena Auxier; nephew, Riley Auxier; sister-in-law, Andrea Auxier; and two stepchildren, Sal and Vincent Altobellis.

A private family service was held Feb. 25, 2017.

Mr. Auxier’s ashes were taken to the top of one of the mountains he loved, where his family bade him farewell.

A celebration of his life will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 2, 2017, at Shallots, 137 E. First St.

Memorial donations may be made to Ark-Valley Humane Society.

Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.

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