Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he lived with his family in New York and New England before moving to Telluride in 1989. Schenck worked as a land surveyor for Foley Associates, Inc. since 1993, spending many seasons surveying the Telluride region.
An avid skier, Schenck usually had a season ticket for the winter and could often be found non-stopping Lift 6 with friends struggling to keep up. Schenck was an accomplished mountaineer, climbing dozens of local peaks as well as others around the world. His mountain adventures included trips to Mount Rainier, the Alaska Range, Ecuador and Argentina. When not traveling to climb, Schenck enjoyed the beach life as well, having made multiple trips to Costa Rica and Thailand in the last few years alone.
Schenck also was a dedicated river rat, taking his raft on whitewater expeditions throughout the four corners region. He had run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon twice, usually keeping the raft upright, certainly with a smile on his face!
Here in Telluride, Schenck was perhaps best known as one of the finest billiards players around. Whether winning at the Sheridan Pool Tournament or relieving tourists of their money at one of the other bars in town, he looked at home while playing pool.
Schenck is survived by his parents, Sally and Ben Schenck of Seabrook Island, S.C.; a brother, Steven, of Albany, Vt.; a sister, Elizabeth Shaffer of West Simsbury, Conn.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at the Last Dollar Saloon on Saturday, Dec. 2 at noon. All are encouraged to share stories, pictures and other mementos with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers or other thoughtful gifts, a fund to benefit a children's ski program is being created in Schenck's memory. Donations are being accepted through Alpine Bank in Telluride.