A smile dances throughout Amy Satkiewicz’s confront as she talks about the adventures, daily life and enjoy she shared with her late partner, Mark.
“’One foot in front of the other’ was variety of my motto this yr, and then with the girls, I imagine the other significant detail is we normally gave ourselves grace … honor the inner thoughts, and if you’re unhappy, be unhappy.” Amy stated. “I come to feel like when you have moments of pleasure, get them and fill your cup, for the reason that you’re going to need them when it is tough.”
Mark Satkiewicz died Aug. 1, 2020, just after he endured a cardiac incident even though cycling with friends. He was 51.
Mark was a fixture at Smartwool for 11 years. He served as vice president of sales from 2007 to 2009 and as president from 2009 to 2018 in advance of leaving to get a posture as common supervisor with TOMS sneakers. He stayed with that business for a year prior to retiring and picking out to leave California and return to Steamboat Springs — the position he thought of property. It was a determination he manufactured with Amy, and she said he welcomed the likelihood to engage in an even higher part in the lives of their daughters — Olivia, who is now 20, and Mia, 14. He was also fired up for Amy to have the prospect to pursue her own job with Nike.
“We flipped roles, which was just nuts,” Amy said. “He virtually did the grocery searching, ran me all-around and did all these things. He was remarkable.
“He wished the ladies to see a female excel in the business enterprise world,” Amy defined. “He would say, ‘You were at household with them when I was executing my thing, and now, it is your change.’”
It had constantly been Mark’s aim to retire at 50, but it did not necessarily mean slowing down. He centered on his relatives and also located time to abide by his passions, which incorporated chasing aims on the again of his bicycle and co-founding the preferred SBT GRVL bike race.
Amy claimed she was remaining in a fog next Mark’s demise but held on to what was most crucial — her daughters.
“She just would make alternatives the place her relatives is selection just one,” longtime relatives pal Blair Seymour reported. “She stopped doing the job for the reason that she needs to be there for her loved ones, and if she requirements to cancel one thing since Mia or Olivia needs her, she will terminate it, because she has place her spouse and children initial.”
Olivia, a sophomore honors university student at Texas Christian University, is learning fashion merchandising and is part of the school’s entrepreneurship program.
Robin Hall, a loved ones mate who worked with Mark at Smartwool, a short while ago co-launched City Corridor, a children’s outdoor apparel enterprise, and she offered Olivia an internship with the fledgling organization this summer months.
“Olivia’s remarkable,” Corridor stated. “She’s focused, she’s resourceful, she is passionate about trend and layout, and she’s curious. All of that blends together and works out properly.”
Corridor said Olivia has been instrumental in encouraging City Hall determine and acquire their coloration stories and themes as the firm seems to be to come to be Steamboat’s upcoming good results tale.
“She just has this gorgeous mix of her mom’s and dad’s brains, exactly where she’s acquired the management and the exploration factor and the creativeness, as effectively,” Hall mentioned. “So it’s been genuinely, seriously neat performing with her. … She’s top notch. Of program, it truly highlights how significantly pleasure I got out of functioning with her dad.”
In addition to the internship, Olivia pulled out her grandmother’s stitching device and started her possess trend brand name, Structure by Liv, throughout COVID-19 quarantine. Amy reported Mark provided his information and inspired his oldest daughter to uncover means to market place and market her creations by means of Instagram and other on the web outlets.
“Mark was just constantly encouraging to each ladies — whether it was skiing with Mia or Olivia with structure. He encouraged her to get started offering and to create Style by Liv, and she genuinely did well this whole calendar year advertising by way of those platforms,” Amy said. “I believe, for her, the unfortunate moments were the occasions when she would have been calling her father and asking for his insight.”
Mia wrapped up her final year at Steamboat Springs Middle College and shifted her target to freestyle skiing and training. She shared a adore of athletics, and snowboarding in distinct, with her father. At 1st, she said it was tricky to go totally free skiing with friends and other family members, but she mentioned teaching for competitions gave her power.
“I was not going to ski this year, but Bobby (Aldighieri) texted me and told me to come to a dryland instruction, and I ended up keeping the total wintertime,” Mia said. “I surely just properly trained definitely, seriously tricky when I was on the mountain, simply because it took my thoughts off of matters. But there are periods when it’s tricky. He was the just one I wished to speak to when I would do something interesting, like when I begun flipping or some thing like that.”
“I imagine sports have been a good distraction for her,” claimed Aldighieri, who directs the Steamboat Springs Wintertime Sports activities Club’s freestyle systems. “She’s a tremendous-concentrated specific, and so I feel that is been a wonderful section of it for her due to the fact she can just set everything absent and just be focused on the sport and obtaining much better. She is 1 of the most difficult-performing athletes we have received, and I also assume teammates have been truly supportive, and that’s a nice part of it as nicely.”
To concentration on her women, Amy resigned from her posture with JR286, a leading world-wide athletics devices and accessory enterprise that types, develops, sources and commercializes products in around 160 nations around the world. In time, Amy stated she’ll return to her occupation.
“I read a thing, and it actually made perception to me — that a resilient person is additional typically a hopeful man or woman,” Amy said. “For me, I just knew there were larger items beyond me. So when I put all that collectively, like resiliency and some hope and then spirituality, it helped me approach and just transfer forward. And once again, I’m not ideal, and I’m going to have bad times, and which is Alright.”
Owing to the pandemic, the relatives held a smaller memorial provider for Mark in August, but this week, Amy hopes to bring the community collectively to honor her partner with a celebration of life from 5 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Park.
The family members has also established the Grime to Snow Mark Satkiewicz Legacy Fund, which Amy mentioned delivers funding to aid bike and snow sporting activities packages and gear for Routt County youth. Its intention is to continue on Mark’s quest for inclusivity by taking away limitations and generating these sports activities available to all youngsters.
This 12 months, the legacy fund provided strider bikes for the All Kids Bike Study-to-Experience programs in North Routt, South Routt and Hayden. The fund also labored with the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs to supply an prospect for little ones to just take aspect in summertime packages by way of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Amy recalls how Mark was capable to get a bicycle for a younger athlete who wanted to be a component of the large college mountain biking workforce, and she remembers the joy and excitement that brought him.
“He just felt like there ought to never be a child that wishes to do a sport but cannot mainly because they just can’t manage it,” Amy explained. “So I’m trying to hold that spirit alive.”
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