CODY CARSON SHEPPARD Cody Carson Sheppard, of Santa Fe, NM, died in the loving arms of his wife, Lehigh, in San Carlos, Mexico on March 2nd, in a cottage overlooking his beloved Sea of Cortez. Cody courageously lived with a rare form of cancer for the last three years of his life. He is survived by his wife, Lehigh Sheppard, sons, Luke Sheppard and Cody North, grandchildren, Griffin North and Mia Dorsey, sisters Marja Eckler and Jary Sheppard Earl. He will be greatly missed by an extensive family including Ecuadorian relatives, his ski patrol family, and the sailing community in Mexico. Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1949, to parents Mary Sheppard, an Ecuadorian tennis champion, and Jack Sheppard, a North American writer and photographer, Cody's life was filled with adventure from the start. At age four, he traveled with his parents and sisters throughout South America, Europe, the Middle East, Near East, and Africa. This odyssey included a 34-day crossing of the Sahara Desert, described in his father's book, Sahara Adventure. When he was 14, the family moved to New York City, and Cody quickly escaped the mania of big city life to embark on another adventure: crewing on a 37-foot sailboat throughout the Caribbean, which sparked his lifelong passion for sailing. His family followed him to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and he lived there for four years. With the support of lifelong friend and mentor Dick Lawrence, he received a scholarship to Antilles School, where he excelled academically. He also won a prestigious chess tournament in the Virgin Islands at age 15. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and a year later he transferred to the Santa Fe campus. He quickly became enamored with the dramatic beauty of the Southwest, and found a home in the wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains when he started work at Ski Santa Fe running the Big Poma in 1971. His role at the ski area quickly expanded to include everything from ticket sales and parking to grooming and snow-making, before becoming a patrolman in 1973. His dedication, integrity, athleticism, and love for the job eventually led to his appointment as Ski Patrol Director, a job in which he took great pride for over 30 years. The Ski Santa Fe community remembers him as a skilled and diplomatic manager, an eloquent spokesperson and advocate, an inspirational mentor to young patrol people, a calm and confident leader in crisis situations, and an EMT so devoted to his patients. Cody met the love of his life, Lehigh, when she was hired as the first female patrol person at Ski Santa Fe in 1981. They fell deeply in love in 1985 and were married in 1987. Their affection for each other was apparent to all who witnessed its strength and beauty. Truly kindred spirits, their adventures included sailing, building a house together and raising a family in Glorieta, rock-climbing, cycling, mountaineering, dancing, and many ski trips in the backcountry. Their love of travel led them to numerous countries, and Cody summited Cotopaxi, a Stratovolcano in Ecuador, in honor of his mother in 2004. They competed together in triathlons for over 20 years, including the Escape from Alcatraz competition in the Bay Area. They bought their first boat in 1988 and sailed in the Sea of Cortez every year until a few days before his death. A voracious reader all of his life, Cody had a great love of literature. He wrote short stories beginning in early childhood, and throughout his life enjoyed writing songs and poems. He faithfully wrote poems for Lehigh on every occasion, and spent many evenings composing songs on his guitar. Cody's quick wit, bright eyes, sense of humor, and warm nature enabled him to relate to individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and the community of people who loved him is vast and eclectic. True to his indomitable nature, with Lehigh and Luke by his side, Cody brought their sailboat in himself in a 35-knot wind, during his last sail on the ocean a few days before he died. Although the sun has set forever on this beautiful man, he will live on in the legacy of his work, the lives of his children, and the hearts of all those who love him. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, May 14th at Hyde Park Lodge from 1 pm - 3:30 pm. Please bring an hors d'oeuvre and any pictures, funny stories and anecdotes you would like to share.
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