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Marvin Eli Wolf, oil & gas pioneer, attorney, arts patron and philanthropist, died peacefully on March 15th in Denver, Colorado. Marvin was born in Kimball, Nebraska in 1931 to Leon and Dora Wolf, and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming where his father was the tailor on the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base. Marvin’s first jobs were on base delivering laundry and hauling ice blocks.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1952 and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1954. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar and briefly practiced law, but was intrigued by the oil and gas industry. He and his brother Erving soon founded the Wolf Land Co., which later became the Inexco Oil Co. Under their leadership, Inexco discovered Wyoming’s 4 trillion-cubic-foot Madden Gas Field, one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States, and the Key Lake Uranium Mine in Saskatchewan, Canada, which once produced 15 percent of the world’s uranium. Inexco was acquired by Louisiana Gas, and while his brother Erving continued on with the larger company, Marvin chose to remain independent and opened Wolf Energy in Denver. Many of the city’s leading oilmen passed through the halls of his company, and it was often referred to as “Wolf University” for its ability to contribute quality professionals to the oil and gas industry. Marvin held leadership positions with the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Association and was inducted into the Colorado Oil & Gas Hall of Fame.
Though he was a practicing attorney for only a short time, Marvin maintained a deep affinity for the study and development of lawyers and law as a licensed attorney. He proudly carried his “bar card” for Colorado Attorney Registration #37 in his wallet every day. His connection to the University of Colorado School of Law deepened over time and he counted among his close personal friends the school’s successive deans and many faculty members over the years. In 1981, his challenge grant provided the funds for the Law School’s Natural Resources Law Center that became the Getches-Wilkinson Center. He also funded the Wolf Scholarship that funded the tuition for countless law students who were members of the University of Colorado Law Review, the Judi Wolf Scholarship for law students committed to advocating women’s issues, and, in memory of Judi’s father, the Jules Milstein Scholarship given to faculty for excellence in published legal research. He also endowed chairs at the Dean’s discretion under the names of both Dean Nichol and Dean Getches and, with his brothers, led the campaign to build a new building for the law school. That new building, named for his parents, Leon and Dora Wolf, provided the law school with a bright future for the study of law in Colorado. Marvin had a sustained dedication to education and these combined scholarships and donations provided hundreds of people the opportunity to pursue excellence in legal scholarship. Marvin received CU Law School’s Norlin Award in 1993, an honorary Order of the Coif award in 1997 and the law school’s most distinguished honor, the Knous Award, in 2003. Marvin was extraordinarily proud that his daughter Wendy ’84, stepson Marco ’97 and his grandchildren William ’17 and Meredith ’18 graduated from his beloved University of Colorado School of Law.
Throughout his life, Marvin, with his wife Judi, had a passion for the performing arts. While he always loved football, and never missed a chance to enjoy and critique the Denver Broncos, it was the performing arts that brought him the most joy. He regularly attended the theater, symphony, opera and ballet for as long as he could, and provided significant support to all of the performing arts in Colorado. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) became central to
Marvin’s life and his efforts to contribute to the community. When the Buell Theater at the DCPA was under construction, he collaborated with Donald Seawell to create the Marvin & Judi Wolf Reception Room at the Buell Theater. Both Marvin and Judi hosted countless performance intermissions in The Wolf Room with cookies and milk while they transmitted their passion for the arts to everyone around them. The Wolf Room collaboration also provided Marvin with one of his most significant personal friendships.
Marvin and Donald Seawell were inseparable, dining together every Sunday, travelling together frequently, continuing to improve the arts with programs like The Best of Broadway and laying the foundations for the future of the city’s performing arts with the DCPA redevelopment that is presently underway. They found in each other the same qualities of discipline, service and leadership and their efforts ensured a lasting legacy of support and excellence for Denver’s performing arts. This legacy will be evident later in 2020, when the DCPA reopens The Stage Theatre as the Marvin & Judi Wolf Theatre. Marvin also supported other notable institutions throughout Colorado including Opera Colorado, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Art Museum, Temple Emanuel of Denver and the Anti-Defamation League.
Marvin and Judi Wolf were The Villager’s 1992 “Villager’s of the Year.”
Marvin is survived by Judi, his wife of 37 years and his daughter Wendy Kaufman, her husband Bob Kaufman and their children John, William and Meredith; his stepsons, Lance Chayet, his wife Barbara Chayet and their children, Grant and Logan; Victor Chayet, his wife Susan Chayet and their son, Devon; and Marco Chayet, his wife Paige Chayet and their son, Caleb.
Interment will be private and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Denver. Donations in his memory may be sent to the University of Colorado Foundation for the benefit of the Leon and Dora Wolf Scholarship, 1800 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203.
Steve Farber was a Denver native who grew up and attended public school on the west side of town, never left, and achieved national acclaim by his wide-ranging accomplishments. After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School in 1968, he turned to two of his childhood friends, Jack Hyatt and Norman Brownstein, to form a law practice.
Farber excelled at everything he did. The law firm he founded with his friends, still headquartered in Denver, was the third largest in the area as of October 1, 2019, with 244 attorneys companywide. He was a leader in both the political and the philanthropic community, helping the Denver Broncos and numerous political figures, including former Governor Roy Romer and current Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Although he was instrumental in bringing the 2008 Democratic National Convention that nominated former President Barack Obama to Denver, he was not strictly partisan. Prominent Republican figures like former Sen. Hank Brown became members of Farber’s law firm.
The Denver Business Journal recently reported that all lawyers at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck LLP were “required to donate at least 50 hours of pro-bono work per year, and some 70% of the roughly 250 lawyers in its Colorado and Washington D.C. offices have served on nonprofit boards.”
When he became afflicted with kidney disease in the early 2000’s, Farber used his experience to help others, starting the American Transplant Foundation in 2005 after he received a kidney from his son Gregg, then 32, on May 11, 2004. In 2016, the American Transplant Foundation reported that 480 people had been “taken off the waiting list and saved by living donors” after being connected through the organization Farber founded.
A memorial service was held on March 8 at Temple Emanuel in Denver.
Mar. 17, 1928 – Jan. 30, 2020
Marty died peacefully at the age of 91 from advanced dementia complications. Born in Evanston, Illinois, she attended Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University. She and her husband Bill moved to Colorado in 1959 when Bill took a job with Arthur Anderson. She is survived by three children, David (Laura), Bonnie Zeller (Warren-deceased) and John (Shelly). She had seven grandchildren: Jeffrey Zeller (Monica), Brooke Alam (Raheel), Tim (Nacira), Andy (Nina), Charlie Zeller, Katie and Melanie. She had one great granddaughter, Lanie. She is predeceased by Bill and a daughter, Cynthia. Marty worked at Cherry Creek High School as the ever popular “copy lady”. She also was the Camp Mom for fifteen summers at the family’s Benson’s Tennis Camp at CU and UNC. She loved attending her grandkids’ many sports and artistic events. A memorial service will be held at Horan and McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial on February 22nd at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Marty’s favorite clubs at Cherry Creek High School at https://cherrycreekhs.revtrak.net/marty-benson-memorial-donations.
Joseph Edward Tatarka, 72, of Englewood passed away on December 21 at Swedish Hospital in Englewood, after a sudden illness. Joe was born in Sterling, CO Nov. 10, 1947 to William and Agnes (Niemi) Tatarka and was the oldest of five children. The family moved to South Denver in 1961 where he attended St. Vincent’s grade school. He was a 1966 graduate of Regis High School where he was a National Merit Scholar and made many life-long friends. In the Army he served in Vietnam with the First Calvary Division as a Sergeant.Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his MBA from Seattle University. In 1986 Joe returned to Denver to work in the family business, A-B&C Enterprises, which specialized in marketing products. Although he had not planned on staying, he enjoyed the many hats required of a small business owner. With the support of a dedicated staff and his father,he stayed on to build the business to expand regionally and led the business through periods of expansion as well as the recession. Joe’s passion for community and customer service led him to many collaborative groups, including the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, were he served as president, and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Joe is preceded in death by his mother Agnes, brother Bill, sister Mary, step-mother Theresa and father Bill. He is survived by sister Agnes (Denver) and brother, Martin (Asheville, NC) step-siblings Kathy Izor (Denver), Dan Mayner (Columbus, OH ), and Melaine Mayner (Denver). A memorial service will be held February 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Regis Jesuit High School, 6300 S. Lewiston Way, Aurora.
Nancy passed away December 2, 2019 at her home in Castle Rock, Colorado. She was the daughter of Mark and Margaret Seacrest of Lincoln, Nebraska. Born June 3, 1943 in Greenville, South Carolina, Nancy saw her father train to be an Army Aircorp pilot, eventually assigned to fight in Southeast Asia during World War II.
Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska she attended public schools and graduated high school from Monticello Preparatory School in Alton, Illinois. While attending University of Nebraska she met her husband, Earl. They married while in college and started a 57-year adventure.
Nancy was active in the Junior Leagues of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Denver. She held various committee positions and chairs in each League. While in Philadelphia, she was on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Wife’s Club. In Columbus, Indiana she co-founded the Columbus Service League, started Reading Is Fundamental for rural youth, and was on the Columbus Library Board.
While living in Palos Verdes, California, Nancy volunteered for the Los Angeles Symphony, joined PEO and was on the Board of the Switzer Education Center for challenged children. In those years, she became an avid tennis player.
Coming to Littleton, Colorado in 1978, she continued her League and PEO activities. She had fond memories of her transfer committees and welcoming new League members into the Denver Junior League. She rose through the ranks of PEO always being inspired by their faith and friendship.
Her last intense commitment to the community occurred in Denver’s ARCS Chapter (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists). Before her aneurysm in 1995 she rose to President and was a National ARCS Board member. This organization was the largest privately funded scholarship funding organization in the United States for STEM undergraduate and graduate students and only has female membership.
Her unwavering support allowed her and Earl to create a successful business with their partner of close to 50 years. Even in the most difficult economic times, her faith and dedication were the steel in the foundation of their entrepreneurial success.
Despite her commitment to the community, Nancy’s priority was always her family. She had 3 sons, James (deceased) married to Julie, Michael married to Crissy, and David married to Kelly Lynne. Her 8 grandchildren range from 34 to 1. They are; James married to Claire, Jacob married to Lindsey, Nicole, Trevor, Abby, Christian, Savannah and Gus. Nancy was recently blessed with 2 great grandchildren, Charlotte and Colette. She is also survived by her brothers, Mark and John.
Nancy’s life was dedicated to her family and giving of herself. Her faith was private but strong.
Mar. 21, 1938 – Nov. 7, 2019
John Preston Raeder, Sr. was a devoted family man to wife Elinor “Ellie” for 57 years and sons John, Jr., Jim, and Dave. He built and ran a successful local furniture manufacturing business. Born in Harvard, IL, John put himself through college at the University of Denver, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After getting his degree in business administration, John was drafted and served dutifully in the United States Army. He and his beloved Ellie raised three sons, to whom he passed his strong work ethic, business intellect, and leadership skills. He also leaves behind 11 loving grandchildren.
John and Ellie lived in Greenwood Village for 40 years, first in Green Oaks, where their boys grew up, and then in The Preserve. Their company, Premier Furniture Manufacturing, and its workforce, were based in Englewood. They started the company in 1980 and retired in 2011. Their children are also stalwarts of the local community. John, Jr. and Debbie Raeder lived in Greenwood Village for 20 years and now reside in Cherry Hills Village. Dave and Julie Raeder have lived in Greenwood Village for over 20 years and Jim and Kim Raeder live in Lone Tree.
John Raeder, Jr. eulogized his father in a private family memorial before the family hosted 200 friends who came to pay their respects at Cherry Hills Country Club on November 17. Said John, Jr., “My dad showed his deep love to all of us over the years by sending hundred of thoughtful handwritten notes, relevant news stories, and small loving and customized gifts. He was prone to deep inspirational messages from Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Vince Lombardi. A favorite of his was this one from Billy Graham: “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when integrity is lost, all is lost.”
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly Interchange project has been awarded. The project will improve overall access and cut down on commute times by creating direct access to multiple job, retail, and residential centers as well as increased freight mobility serving Denver International Airport. An estimated 75,000 jobs are expected to be in the area by 2040.
In Sept., Crow led a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao advocating for the grant. Crow had visited the site of the proposed I-70/Picadilly Interchange with Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare in February 2019. The visit was part of Crow’s Lead Locally tours where he travels to different cities, towns, and municipalities in the district each month to meet with city managers and mayors.
The project will help ease congestion, provide greater connectivity to a rapidly growing area, and enhance safety by reducing vehicle miles traveled by roughly 9.3 million miles, which equates to 6 fewer crashes per year.
“This is great news for Aurora. As the third largest city in Colorado, we know how critical infrastructure investment is to reducing traffic and bringing jobs to the area,” said Crow. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for our district so our roads, bridges, and highways can keep pace with our economic growth.”development and affordable housing issues.”
The I-70/Picadilly Interchange project is supported by: E-470 Public Highway Authority, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Denver International Airport, and Colorado Department of Transportation.
A social entrepreneur, community leader and minister, Dr. James Kent Hutcheson was an incredible man of vision, faith and perseverance. He founded Colorado Uplift, Elevate USA, and Urban Youth Ministries. His impact and legacy extend globally, and all who knew him are eternally challenged by his vision and mission.
Despite his thirteen-year battle with Leukemia, he still had a contagious smile. In 1958, at South High School the Denver Post presented Kent with the MVP Gold Helmet Award. He went on to play football at Wheaton College and then catalyzed The Great Commission Training Centers in Asia which then multiplied around the globe. He then returned home to impact Denver’s Urban challenges, creating Colorado’s most successful inner-city youth program that has been recognized locally and nationally countless times. He passes the torch to his precious wife of 53 years, Diane, his children, Shauna, Jon and James, and his eight grandchildren.
He will be profoundly missed, but we are all celebrating that Kent is now home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His memoir, A Most Incredible Adventure will be available on Amazon in November, but you can download this amazing book at http://bit.ly/2Vmld9R today.
Kent’s memorial will be at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 am. In lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to the organizations he loved: ColoradoUpLift, coloradouplift.org, Urban Youth Ministries, uyministries.org or Elevate USA, www.elevatetheusa.org.
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