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Lake Werking: May 28, 1971 -- October 22, 2021

Lake Buckingham Werking died at his home on October 22, 2021. A fifth-generation resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, he was born in Glenwood Springs to Scott and Stormie (Lake) Werking. 

In 1981 his family moved to Columbia Falls Montana, where he lived for ten years, graduating from Columbia Falls High School in 1989 and attending the University of Montana. He eventually moved back to Colorado and finished his BA in psychology at Colorado Mesa University. 

Lake was an artist (drawing and photography) and was inspired by the photos of Edward Curtis, as well as the world around him. After returning to Colorado, he worked as a counselor at the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital, which was work he loved. He also worked in construction, auto sales, real estate and for the past twelve years in property management. One of his greater joys was working as a para educator at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. 

He is survived by his parents, Scott and Stormie Werking, his sister Loey Werking Wells (Andy) and brother Miles Werking (Jolie). He also has a niece, Dylan Wells, and two nephews, Finnegan and Wyatt Werking. He has many cousins and family members who will miss him. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Richard and Viola Lake, and Scott and Bertha Werking. 

A family celebration of his life will be held next Spring. Details will be available at In lieu of flowers, a contribution in his name to The National Alliance on Mental Health: Roaring Fork would be welcomed. 

We encourage you to post your memories in the comments on this post.


  1. Lake was a true professional and fun colleague to work in the schools with...he will be missed and not forgotten. - James Peitler

  2. He was my brother and my best friend!!! A one of a kind!! Will be missed everyday by me and my family. -Miles Werking

  3. Lake was a kind and loving gentleman, who would go out of his way to help another. Loveable, hardworking, kind and sweet Lake will always hold a place in my heart!!! He will be sorely missed and loved by all who knew him!!

  4. Lake was my trusted friend. We shared many good and bad times together. Throughout it all Lake was always there for me with firm handshake and a smile. We would spend hours sitting and talking about life. I will miss the joy Lake brought to the world. Until we meet again, with a sullen sadness in my heart I solemnly say, "so long, my friend." -Tim Kaufman


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