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Afton Alps co-founder dies

Paul Augustine, co-founder of Afton Alps Recreation Area. Augustine died Jan. 1. He was 79. Photo courtesy of Afton Alps.

Paul Augustine, a co-founder of the Afton Alps ski area, died Saturday. He was 79.

Augustine had been living at the Afton Care Center for about eight years. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps manager.

Augustine founded Afton Alps Recreation Area in 1963 with his brother, Bob, and Tom Furlong. He was the principal owner and developer of Afton Alps, Mount Kato and Titus Mountain ski areas.

Augustine was born and raised in the town of Hastings. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rose, as well as three adult children and three grandchildren.

Afton Alps fans turned to the ski area's Facebook page to express their condolences.

"Paul gave my first job in 1962," one man wrote. "He taught me many lessons that are still correct. I will always admire him."

A woman recalled family memories at Augustine's ski area:

"Skiing Afton for New Year's was an annual event for my family from Iowa. Many great memories have been made there for me. Hopefully, many more will follow! Peace be with you, Paul Augustine."

Check back for more on Augustine.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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