Sonny AndersonJune 12, 1941 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 78)
Lauren "Sonny" Anderson was born June 12, 1941, in Minnesota, one of five children of Bud and Marie. He took his last ride in the wee hours of the morning on April 30, 2020 in Colorado Springs.
Sonny (or Andy) Anderson is survived by son Brian Anderson (Chris Flohr), daughter Teresa Kelsh (Eric Kelsh), granddaughter Madison Kelsh; sister Patricia Schranz (Randall Schranz), brother Gary Anderson, and several beloved nieces, nephews, and their children.
Sonny was preceded in death by an infant daughter Ronda; wife Doloris; parents Bud, Marie, and Fran Anderson; sisters Dee Olson and Dorie Johnsen, and brother-in-law Walt Olson.
Moving to Colorado as a teenager, Sonny attended Main High School and met his wife Doloris at the roller skating rink on Colorado Avenue. They married a couple of years later at Holy Trinity Church. “Andy,” as his work friends knew him, was a card carrying Mountain Bell (AT&T) Pioneer, with stories of wiring Broadmoor homes and climbing poles above Cascade, and later helping to lay fiber optic cable. He was a good bowler, and joined friends in leagues at KingPin Lanes.
Sonny was born with a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed racing, trail rides, and Dusters Motorcycle Club get-togethers. He raced the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the 1970s, and New Year's Day Snow Runs. He was the Open A Flat Track Champion of Colorado in 1973, then transitioned from racing to promoting countless motorcycle events. In the middle of all that, he was Brian’s team manager, and his young family traveled the country: Gone Racing! One of his highlights was flagging nationals in California for Eddie Mulder's West Coast events. Another was flagging the first flat track national that was won by a woman, Jennifer Snyder in 2001 in Richmond, Virginia.
Working with his long time buddy Bill Brokaw, he proudly supported the motorcycle riders of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Sonny was on the phone with riders across the country and around the world to help get them to Colorado Springs and to the top of America's Mountain. Always a night owl, Sonny existed without sleep to make Hill Climb week on the Mountain, calming riders nerves, giving them confidence, and culminating the week with his crisp white jeans and green flag, leaping in the air to send riders racing to the summit. After retiring from officiating at Pikes Peak, his expectation every year was to be at the starting line sporting his Ducati colors proudly. Sonny and Bill were inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame in 2016.
His later years were focused on socializing and getting to the racetracks, mostly in the pits with Mark Gibson at the AHRMA events, and the Ducati or Schranz pits at the Hill Climb. He would do most anything to stay in the loop and support motorcycle racing -- giving encouraging words to rookies and veterans alike. Although he shared his racing passion with several family members, his sweet spot was always with the girls, and was blessed to have his granddaughter Madison, sister Pati, and nieces cheering him on.
Thank you to all the friends and our extended family for your caring messages and checking up on Sonny!
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sonny's memory to www.givetopikespeak.org Team "4Sonny4PikesPeak"