July 21, 1936 – August 18, 2022
Wallace Clark Acker died at the age of 86 on August 18, 2022, two years after skiing his last powder run. Wally was born, the 6th of 7 Acker siblings, in Arvada, Colorado on July 21, 1936. He spent 27 years in Steamboat Springs and 17 in Silverthorne before moving back to a new home in Broomfield two weeks prior to his death. He passed away peacefully, alongside his 48-year-old wife, Jan and his daughters. Wally led a life filled with his passions: skiing, music, travel, family and friends.
Wally graduated five times, beginning in 1954 from Arvada High School. He earned an associate degree from Mesa College, a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in education, and an EDS degree in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1968. Wally was an educator from 1958 to 2000, teacher and school psychologist often using music therapy in his advocacy for students.
In 1960, Wally was called up for the Berlin Crisis and sent to Cold Weather Mountain School in Alaska. It was here that he developed his deep love of skiing. Wally joined the Ministry of Defense as a teacher in 1962 and spent 18 years overseas. First to Augsburg, then to Bamberg, Germany, where he spent countless weekends skiing in the Austrian Alps. It was also in Germany, where he met his wife Jan. They married in 1973 in Okinawa, Japan, then moved to Seoul, Korea where they had three daughters Lynn, Ann and Leah.
In 1980, Wally moved his family back to his beloved Colorado to reside in Steamboat Springs. Wally felt lucky every day to live in the paradise of Yampa Valley where he could ski over 100 days a year. In 2007, Wally and Jan moved to Silverthorne to be closer to family, the Denver Symphony Orchestra and to explore the mountains of Summit County. Always ready to take on something new, he started telemarking at 70 and racked up hundreds more days on his teleboards, even skiing 200 days in the 2011 season! Together, he and Jan enjoyed meeting new people, telling jokes in the Keystone Gondola, and entertaining friends at their mountain home. They have also continued to enjoy traveling to Europe, Asia, Australia and South America over the past few years. Wally has always lived his life with passion, adventure and lots of fun.
Wally is survived by his wife Jan, his daughters Lynn Lannin, Ann Acker and Leah Acker, his sons-in-law Josh Lannin and Jon Hanke, and 4 granddaughters. Donations in Wally’s memory may be made to the Colorado Symphony Guild.