DENVER — Thursday, June 9, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered
flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from
sunrise until sunset on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in honor of U.S. Marine
Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss, a native of Durango, Colorado.

Kuss, 32, died on June 2, 2016, when his plane crashed during a practice
session for the Blue Angels airshow in Tennessee. He had his start in
aviation in Pensacola, Florida, in 2007 and joined the elite squadron of the
Blue Angels in 2014. He received numerous awards during his career,
including the Strike Flight Air Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medals. He also served in Afghanistan.

Kuss graduated from Durango High School and Fort Lewis College. He was
married with two small children.

A private funeral for family and friends will be held in Durango on
Saturday, June 11, 2016.