Rob Larimer
Rob Larimer
Rob Larimer

Rob Larimer, former reporter and managing editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, died in a car accident in Old Colorado City Wednesday night.

His wife Michelle Beckmann shared the news on her Facebook page Thursday morning, which was followed shortly by a posting on the Colorado Springs Gazette’s website.

“My wonderful, kind, funnier-than-anyone husband, Rob Larimer, was killed in a car accident in Old Colorado City last night,” Beckmann wrote. “Today, I look forward to some private time with our beautiful, precious daughters.”

Larimer, 40, was a long-time resident of Manitou Springs. He loved playing his guitar and was known for musical gatherings at his home called rambles.

The Gazette reported the SUV Larimer was driving was westbound in the eastbound lane of West Colorado Avenue when he lost control and crashed into a tree. The accident happened in the 2700 block of West Colorado.

Larimer, a journalism graduate of the Metropolitan State College in Denver, was born and raised in the Denver area.

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Larimer worked as a reporter for the Gazette in the early 2000s.

He began working at the Business Journal as a reporter in 2004 and was promoted to managing editor in 2007. He left the Business Journal in September, 2013 and shortly thereafter was hired back at the Gazette.

He left the Gazette earlier this year.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Beckmann and their twin daughters Gretchen and Rachel.