Obituary: DARYL NEWCOMB | SteamboatToday.com
April 24, 2021
Daryl died suddenly on Saturday April 24 from an apparent cardiac arrest. He enjoyed one of his favorite hobbies, food and drink at the Cosmo Barbeque and Bar in Minturn. He was traveling, following the seasonal closure of Café Diva. He typically took a month or two off in the spring, biking with friends in and around Fruita, Moab, and Sedona, as well as making contact with his sister in Cortez and mom and dad in Arizona. Daryl was a free spirit and lived his life to the fullest, a confirmed bachelor, but with an extended family of friends.
He was born in Champaign, Illinois on July 29, 1961. During his early years, his family moved frequently. Daryl attended schools in Germany, Iran, and Omaha Nebraska, as well as Peoria and Carbondale, Illinois. Steamboat has been her adopted home for over 30 years, first arriving in 1972 on a family ski vacation. Skiing and living in Colorado was his dream, and he made it happen. With his sister Christine, his first skiing experience, at the age of 5, was at the ski school near Kitzbuehel in the Austrian Alps. He and so many friends have skied at Steamboat virtually every day during the season. Trekking and looking for powder outside the area was often the order of the day. Lunches and après-ski often found them at “Turner Town”, a not-so-well-kept secret retreat in the woods near the ski area.
Daryl learned restoration from George Holt, a well-known Chicago and Peoria restaurateur. He was particularly good at meeting, greeting and offering hospitality to the guests of Café Diva. Prior to helping Paul, Kate and Beth build Café Diva into a world class restaurant, he worked at several hotels, resorts and restaurants in Steamboat Springs.
Daryl is survived by his parents, Bruce and Sally Newcomb of Dewey Arizona and his sister Christine of Cortez Colorado. A younger sister, Heather, died in 2020.
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