Starr Elliott Aldrich Jr.

August 25, 1948July 7, 2019

Starr E Aldrich Jr., 70, of Niwot, Colorado, went to be with the Lord at 9PM Sunday July 7, 2019. Starr was born on August 25, 1948 in Abilene, TX to the late Starr E. Aldrich and Florence Forsyth. He was a 1966 graduate of South New Berlin High School in New York. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he received his bachelor’s degree and continued on with an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Starr was hired by IBM Poughkeepsie out of college in 1968, he took a promotion in 1983 which moved him and his family to IBM Boulder where he finished his 36 years of service as an IT Audit Manager traveling the world. He was quickly recruited by Wells Fargo in Denver where he worked for another 10 years as an IT Audit Manager before retiring in 2014. He joined Arlington Fire District, Croft Corners Fire station in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1969 where he rose up the through the ranks to an Assistant Chief. In 1983 after moving to Niwot, CO he joined the Niwot Volunteer Fire department that later became part of Mountain View Fire district where again he rose through the ranks to become a highly decorated Battalion Chief. Upon retiring from active firefighting duties his passion in Emergency Services led him to stay on as a board member, community outreach service instructor, Santa Clause, Sparky handler and faithful Engine 10 driver. Starr committed many hours to the Boulder County Emergency Operations Center, serving in both communications and fire support management. His joy of motorcycling gave him the opportunity to become president of the Goldwing Road Riders Association for 5 years. His latest addiction was HAM radios, where N0AES was the current president of the Longmont Amateur radio club and an active member of BCARES (Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Service). Starr was a faithful member of Calvary Bible Church Boulder where he enjoyed being in his life group. He is survived by His wife of 51 years, High School Sweetheart and love of his life Betty, as well as his two children Sandra Noonan(Jeff) and Steven Aldrich(Delia) and four grandchildren Aimee Esch, Danielle Esch, Meaghan Knapick(Greg) and Mary Aldrich, also survived by his cousin Anna Crosby from New York. A celebration of life will be held on July 12, 2019 at 10:30AM at Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Ave, Boulder, CO 80301 with Pastor John Boyle officiating. A reception to follow. In lieu of flowers Starr and the family request memorial contributions to the Mountain View Fire Rescue Foundation, 3561 N. Stagecoach Drive, Longmont, CO 80504. 303-772-0710. Arrangements are being made by Howe Mortuary of Longmont.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 12, 2019


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Larry Schroeder

July 19, 2019

So sorry to hear of Starr's passing. He was a good man and will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Larry Schroeder

Chris Boughey

July 16, 2019


I saw the post on the MVFPD website and took a minute to reflect. Starr was a great man and taught me a lot about the true meaning of the importance of the meaning to serve. I treasured our conversations, and thought about him frequently. He passed that mindset onto the next generation. We will carry his traditions and outlook to future generations. RIP Starr.

Chris Boughey.

Michelle White

July 15, 2019

Starr will always hold a special place in my heart and memories. He was a great co-worker and friend. He was a good teacher and was always willing to help.

Shirley and Mark Wilson

July 12, 2019

Mark and I received word a few minutes ago from Bobette about Starr's death, and of your lovingly giving him CPR. We like remembering the time of life when our families' lives intermingled regularly. That's been a while ago! May the Lord be your all in all at this time of grief. With care, Shirley, for Mark, too

Lori Varbaro

July 12, 2019

Betty & family, my heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I am shocked of Starr's passing. The only saving grace is he is at peace. When I look back on the years of when Starr and I worked together at IBM, the comfort of having him as a leader and mentor in the Business Controls and auditing areas helped me get through some tough times. We worked side by side in the Finance area. I always sought out Starr for the logic side of things. He was very knowledgeable and 'patient' to get me through the processes. I was fortunate to have him as a friend outside of IBM. I enjoyed seeing him at community functions and when I helped him get ready to play Santa this past year, he reminded me of when my Dad used to dress up for the holiday and it was all for the kids. That was Starr, always willing to go the extra mile for his family, his friends, and his community. I will miss him greatly.

Nancy Ligon

July 11, 2019

Thank you for your kindness and welcoming us into your home and sharing Thanksgiving with us. You treated us like we were family and we had just met the family. You will be missed and your kindness will forever be remembered and payed forward.

Dean Street

July 11, 2019

It was a privilege to work with him when he was a Battalion Chief, and later it was great to see him at all the MVFR community events. His heart was and will always be with the Mountain View Fire District.


Cynthia Henley

July 11, 2019

Starr was a mentor, friend, counselor, volunteer and all-around good guy. He was the man that you could go to when you had a question, when you needed guidance and when you just needed a calming voice to listen to your gripes. I will miss him dearly as I know that so many peoples lives have been touched by this amazing man. Prayers for his family and all you loved Starr.

You will be greatly missed Starr as you were already one the Angels on Earth!

God Bless.

Biff Warren

July 10, 2019

Larry Pazier

July 10, 2019

Blessing for the family. I knew Star from a way back and we had a lot in common. Arlington Fire Dept - Red Oaks Mills Div. We were always very competitive against each other. Transferred from IBM Poughkeepsie to Boulder but for me it was in 65. IT Management, Asset Control and Audit Mgr. We both loved to ride motorcycles - for him it was Gold Wings, for me it was Honda's and then switched to Harley.

Prayers for the family and for those of us that still remember Starr back in the day. God Bless