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Kelly Hethcote - January 03, 2014


Kelly Thomas Hethcote died peacefully Jan. 3, 2014, at his home on Eby Creek Mesa near Eagle. He was 62. Kelly was born June 9, 1951, to Tom and Shirley Couch in Scottsbluff, Neb. After the death of his father, Kelly and his mother moved to San Jose, Calif. In 1955, Shirley married Gene Hethcote and moved to Holyoke.

As a youth, Kelly was involved in the local Methodist church, Cub Scouts and school sports. He played baseball and football in high school. He and his brother Tom Hethcote also formed a popular local band, The Peytons.

After high school, Kelly attended and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in journalism, speech and theatre arts. Working as “Kelly Thomas” behind the microphone, Kelly’s radio career began in Greeley and led him to stations in Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Steamboat Springs and eventually Vail.

Kelly’s work in radio led to a career in sales of satellite monitoring and programming systems. He was at the forefront of the development of technology that led to satellite-provided programming for multiple radio stations.

Kelly and Monica Hastert were married in 1983. The couple celebrated their 30th anniversary in August of 2013. Kelly and Monica moved to the Vail Valley in 1988 where Kelly was hired as the “music director” and on-air personality at KZYR.

The couple was blessed in 1998 with the birth of their twins, son Ryan and daughter Maddy. Both are high school sophomores—Ryan at Vail Christian High School and Maddy at Eagle Valley High School.

He was preceded in death by his fathers, Tom Couch and Gene Hethcote; as well as grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Nolde, Mr. and Mrs. Forest Hethcote, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Townsend and Mr. and Mrs. Romie Compton.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Monica; daughter, Maddy; and son, Ryan. He is also survived by his mother, Shirley Hethcote; brother, Tom Hethcote and wife LaRae; niece, Kasie Smith and husband Mike; nephew, Trevor Hethcote; and great-nephew, Jack Smith, all of Holyoke.

A memorial service will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing an account for the twins’ college education at Alpine Bank in Avon.