GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Dirk Anderson, 54, died over the weekend when he was dirt biking through Bangs Canyon on the Tabeguache Trail.
Anderson was a prominent member of the Western Slope community, known for co-founding Loki Outerwear with this brother, Seth. He was also a long-time employee of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
According to the Mesa County Coroner, Anderson died of “multiple blunt force injuries.” He was wearing full protective gear including a helmet. Anderson left for the Tabeguache Trail on Saturday afternoon and wasn’t heard from for several hours after that. His family called authorities early that evening, and it took Mesa County Search and rescue nearly 7 hours to locate and recover Anderson’s body.
Anderson leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and one grandchild. He lived an adventurous, active life, and recently completed climbing all 14ers in Colorado. Additionally, Anderson climbed Aconcagua in 2008, one of South America’s tallest peaks.
Seth Anderson, Dirk’s brother and business partner, released this statement remembering his brother:
He exemplified the best quality’s any man could ever hope to be blessed with. He was tall, handsome, athletic, intelligent, kind, caring and intensely compassionate to all. Dirk was inspired by mountains and travel. He took our humble family on the greatest adventures that few would dream possible in a lifetime. He had been to every state in the US but Arkansas. He went to Europe many times, South America and Asia. His missions were to learn more about the world and share the experience with loved ones.