Byron G. “Moose” Brumbaugh, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend passed away on July 12, 2022, at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 83. He survived a massive heart attack 3 weeks earlier and returned home to recuperate. During this time he contracted pneumonia and other complications which resulted in his death.
Moose was born on April 1, 1939, in Georgetown, Colorado to Harold and Mary Brumbaugh. He grew up in Georgetown and Idaho Springs, small mining towns 30 miles west of Denver. He enjoyed telling stories about his childhood and the fun and simple life he lived with his family and friends. He loved his pet horse, Judy, and rode her all over town. His high school years were filled with many fun times with his friends, playing basketball and other sports. He stayed in touch with many of his high school friends throughout his life.
He met his wife, Marilyn Lindemer in the Summer of 1976 during Gold Rush Days in Idaho Springs. They were married two years later in October 1978. Their daughter, Emily, was born in 1985. Moose and his family loved nature and enjoyed vacations to National Parks, Zoos, Wild Animal Parks, and the beaches in San Diego. Following college, Emily married Nathan Pujol, from Melbourne, Australia. They have 2 sons, Liam (9 ½ years) and Alex (6 ½ years), who Moose adored.
Moose worked in a variety of positions before starting his career in the mining industry. He also rode rodeo for a short time. He worked highway construction for a few years building the approach to the Tunnel on Loveland Pass. While working as a miner, he also served as Deputy Sheriff of Clear Creek County for several years. He started his career in mining as a hard rock miner in an underground mine in Colorado and advanced through several positions before he became the Director of Loss Prevention in 1978.
He and his family moved from Denver to Tucson in 1987 when he accepted the position of Safety and Security Director at an open pit copper mine. He was promoted to the position of Director of Corporate Safety four years later, overseeing safety programs and policies at their mining properties throughout the nation. He served on several national committees dealing with mine safety and health policies, programs, and regulations.
He was transferred to Salt Lake City in 1994. Six years later he retired and started a mine safety and health consulting business in Utah.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, and being in nature. He also had a passion for cooking which he liked to share with his family and friends. He enjoyed entertaining others with his stories from the many experiences he had. He loved life, had a great sense of humor, and was a friend to everyone he met.
Moose loved his family and devoted his life to providing and caring for them. He also loved his country and was a true American. He was an amazing one-of-a-kind man who was a true man of the West – direct, open, genuine, loving, and passionate about life. He lived his life fully each and every day.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Emily; son-in-law, Nathan and grandsons, Liam and Alex. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joyce Smith, and her family and brother-in-law, Phil Lindemer, wife, Irene, and their family.
A memorial service celebrating his life was held on July 22nd at Grace Community Bible Church in Sandy, Utah.
He will live forever in our hearts!
Please view the family video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v4IetyuN44Vbu4ZlrZsfCJrgweV_jIXZ/view
I am so sorry for your loss. "Moose" was a wonderful man and I have many memories of the two of you.