Volunteer of the Year: Rudy and Lois Rozman

From care-taking precious land in the Gunnison Valley to skiing and hiking among the mountains, Lois and Rudy have called Crested Butte home for over 40 years.

Decades of local knowledge

Rudy is a native Crested Buttian and born to a family with strong ranching and mining roots in the Valley. His great-great-grandfather arrived in 1880 soon followed by his great-grandfather in 1888. Lois, by most standards, is a long time Crested Buttian arriving in 1978 as a freshman at Western State College (WSC). However, compared to the rest of the Rozmans she is a mere newcomer. These days, Lois and Rudy spend their days’ skiing, hiking, taking care of the ranch and traveling the world. Slovenia and Croatia to Vietnam and Cambodia and everywhere in between the Rozmans have been seeing the world, meeting incredibly nice people along the way, and exploring the roots of the Rozman-Sedmak motherland.

But there is no place like home. When interviewed for the Crested Butte News, Lois said, “Crested Butte has always been a vocal and very caring community and it still is… I don’t see myself anywhere else—maybe a couple weeks in January getting out to someplace warmer, but I see myself in 10 years right here, doing the same stuff and pretty joyful about it. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

Measurements to protect habitat

The Rozmans have been longtime partners with the Land Trust, caring for our properties and advising the stewardship team. The Rozmans live between Mt. Crested Butte and the town of Crested Butte and care for the parcel adjacent to the recreational path.  The land was owned by the Rozman family from the late 1880’s until 1997 when the Land Trust purchased it.  Rudy’s institutional and historical knowledge is integral to our long-term stewardship of the open spaces in our Valley. We could not thank him and Lois enough for all they have contributed to our open spaces, wonderful community, and the town of Crested Butte.

We are incredibly grateful for all they do for our land, community, and organization!