Abbott Smith, 37, Mountain Village resident and business owner, dies | News

Mountain Village officials announced Sunday that Telluride Distilling Company founder Steven Abbott Smith, 37, was killed in a single motorcycle accident on Double Eagle Drive. According to a press release, the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 on Double Eagle Drive.

Abbott, as his friends and relatives called him, was driving home when his motorcycle went off the road. The accident and its cause are being investigated by the Mountain Village Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the San Miguel County Coroner.

Smith opened the Telluride Distilling Company with his wife Joanna in 2015 and the tasting room in Mountain Village in 2019, and was an active member of the Mountain Village community as a resident and business owner. He has served on the board of directors of the Telluride Mountain Village Homeowners Association, the Mountain Village Promotional Association, and was recently appointed to the town’s Meadows Residents’ Advisory Committee.

Smith is survived by his mother Stephanie, father James, brothers Jimmy and John, wife Joanna and daughter Raegan “Rae” who was born earlier this year.

“The MVPD and the city wish to express their deepest condolences to Smith’s family and those who loved and knew him,” the press release read. “Smith will be deeply missed by the community.”

Bereavement counseling resources are available to the community through the Tri County Health Network. Visit for more information.