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Submitted by Jolie Diepenhorst
The first thing one noticed about Don Fullerton was his dazzling smile he was never without. The second thing one noticed was his dedication. His wife of 18 years, Mary Alice Fullerton, said the most important elements in his life were biking, The Lions Club, and the piano. His dedication to these elements was apparent in everything he did.
If you knew Don well, you would know he loved biking. He biked all over the world including New Zealand and Switzerland. Don did not begin riding until he was 70 after his son suggested biking would be better for his joints than running. He biked in the Courage Classic with Mary Alice; he participated in both the MS 150 ride, and Ride the Rockies. These rides cross several mountain passes and cover hundreds of miles.
Don also loved the piano. His grandmother paid for his lessons and he played for her on Sunday afternoons when he was a young boy growing up in Denver. He and Lion Stewart Haskins became piano students together the last few years, as they would split their lesson time into two. He also played piano for the Lions Club on occasion. Mary Alice says when they married, she married Don and his keyboards (and he married her and her dogs), they were all part of the package. She encouraged the purchase of a real piano. Don’s piano is a focal point in the home he shared with Mary Alice.
Biking and Piano were important aspects both of which revolved around his life, but the greatest joy he received was being a member of the Lions Club.
Don joined the Lions Club in 1974. His served with the Englewood Club before transferring to the Denver Den. His achievements as a member of the Denver Den include Lion of the Year, Director, Melvin Jones Fellow, Foundation Trustee, RMLEIF trustee and president, District Gov. and Colorado Lions Foundation Endowment Trustee. These titles are important, but to Don, the work was the important piece.
Don was instrumental in the opening of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, he helped raised a majority of the funds and was very humble about his participation.
Don believed in Lionism, and he encouraged it in others as well. He hosted three exchange students over his lifetime from Germany, Switzerland and Finland.
The exchange he experienced with the student from Switzerland, Cornelius, produced a fantastic friendship. Don and Cornelius remained friends for 20 years and he brought his new wife to meet Don and Mary-Alice. Upon hearing of his death, they sent kind words to Mary-Alice and described Don as “a radiant and incredibly vivacious personality.”
Let us all take a moment to reflect upon Don’s incredible smile and his devotion to service and his dedication to life. You have a new path to forge Don. I hope you enjoy the ride!
Don is survived by his wife of 18 years, Mary Alice Fullerton; his three children, Kaye Fullerton Grassman, and her husband Vic, Paul Fullerton and his wife Renata Senderek, and David Fullerton; and four grandchildren, Chris, Allie, Jeffrey, and Alan (AJ) Fullerton, and his two devoted golden retrievers, Tawny and Adam.
A Memorial Service will be held June 15, at 3 p.m., at Greenwood Community Church, 5600 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village.
Henry “Hank” Edler died Jan. 28, 2015
A Celebration of Hank’s life will be held June 13 at Four Mile House History Park located at 715 S. Forest St., Denver from 4-6 p.m.
The Celebration will be in “The Grove.” In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League: 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231.
Henry Hank Edler died peacefully surrounded by his family on Jan. 28. Hank is survived by his wife, Betty Edler and daughters, Chris Edler in Northfield, Mass., and Kati Edler Harken (Dale Harken) in Centennial, Diane Edler Valdez (Chris Valdez) and his grandson Austin Edler and granddaughter Rachel Valdez of Highlands Ranch. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Henry H. Edler, Denver, and his son Howard Edler, Denver.
Hank was born on Jan. 13, 1931, in Denver to Helen and Henry H Edler. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1953 and Tuck Business School. He married Betty Duvall in 1955 and he was stationed in Hamburg Germany with the U.S. Army until 1957.
Hank began working for Mountain Bell, before moving on to a long, successful career in real estate with Van Schaack and Company and as a partner with The Kentwood Company.
Hank loved history, Denver Broncos football, DU hockey, fishing, cars and the outdoors. Hank served in many volunteer/leadership roles with The Denver Lions Club, Savio House, The Cactus Club, Four Mile House, the South Metro Denver REALTOR Association and the Denver Dartmouth Alumni Association.
There will be a Celebration of Hank’s life, June 13, at Four Mile House Historic Park located at 715 S. Forest St., Denver from 4 – 6 p.m. The Celebration will be in “The Grove.” In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Denver Dumb Friends League: 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231. For more information, e-mail Kati or Chris at email@example.com.
Chuck and Kathy Brantigan with Judy and Jack Fredericksen in 2004. Denver Brass will perform To Jack with Love, Feb. 14.
The scene was Mercury Café on June 9, 2014. Hundreds of people filled the dance hall to pay their respects to Jack Fredericksen, one of Denver’s most celebrated and loved musicians, who passed away on May 24, 2014. These were very special people – including his loving wife Judy and children Kim, Karen, Julie, Jill and Kevin – all filling the room with love, music, laughter and stories. Generations of professional musicians, former students, fellow educators and fun loving friends – many who had not seen each other for years and sometimes decades – were summoned by their respect for Jack, his charisma and friendship.
The evening’s music, performed by three of his favorite past times: The Denver Brass, Hot Tomatoes and Kantorei (Denver’s chamber choir), provided a panorama of sounds to lift the spirits of all who came to celebrate the amazing life of Jack Fredericksen.
This man was loved and revered by so many for so long that this evening became an evening of To Jack, with Love. This theme became the title of the upcoming Denver Brass concert on Feb. 15. The concert will be another opportunity for all of Denver to celebrate this wonderful man with an evening of Denver Brass and Hot Tomatoes performing together on many of Jack’s toe-tapping favorites.
Jack was a music educator in the Denver Public Schools for 34 years. His legacy as an educator is unparalleled. He affected and inspired thousands of lives, many of whom are music educators and professional musicians today. His composition and arranging skills were extraordinary and his musical ears, as musicians say, were “so keen, he could hear grass grow.”
Jack graced many stages throughout his career as a performer on saxophone, clarinet and flute. He always looked forward to playing in his beloved, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra.
As devoted as he was to his music, however, nothing compared to his love and devotion to his wife,
Judy. The two were inseparable and, as Judy puts it, “we are truly soul mates.” They did everything together from the mundane grocery shopping to travel to their labor of love for the Hot Tomatoes. Judy managed the dance orchestra and Jack played, composed and arranged for it. So you might say that this concert is also, “For Judy, with Love.”
The collaboration between The Denver Brass and Hot Tomatoes started in 1994 when the founder of the Denver Brass, Kathy Brantigan, wanted to do a New Orleans style concert. During a brainstorming session, the idea came up that the best way to portray New Orleans musically would be for the Denver Brass to branch out and collaborate with a more authentic jazz group. The collaboration with Hot Tomatoes became the first of many that the Denver Brass would pursue, with all varieties of groups, in the future.
After the first year, there were many more collaborations between Hot Tomatoes and Denver Brass. Jack would write dozens more arrangements both for the combined groups and for Denver Brass alone. By 2004, Jack and Judy were The Denver Brass’s greatest groupies and Jack was the Denver Brass’ most prolific arranger of jazz favorites. Because of their tremendous support and contributions to the success of The Denver Brass, they were inducted into the Denver Brass Hall of Fame as the second members following only conductor, Kenneth Singleton.
So put on your dancing shoes and dance, don’t walk, to this tribute to one of Denver’s most talented and beloved musicians. This one’s for you, Jack.
By Glory Weisberg
Dr. Max Bartlett died Jan. 9 after a long illness.
Longtime friend Gretchen Pope said, “What a wonderful friend we lost, who always shared his humor with a little joke or two with us. He was special and we were blessed to have known him. We will miss his humor.”
That humor is infectious. For starters, call the house when no one was home and the caller would hear a recorded message from Max, using a British accent. No matter the reason for calling, the message makes you laugh and Max was always a raconteur, ready to hold forth like royalty at a medieval European court. If you had a choice of where to sit at a function and there were seats next to Dianne and Max, you would dive to claim it quickly.
Another example of Max’s humor is an all-caps bio he wrote himself, no date. It begins with, “I was born at a very early age.” The rest of the article has a similar tone to it and gives an upbeat, detailed account of his private and professional life.
Max was retired from the practice of medicine as an ob/gyn.
Max was born in Colorado Springs and graduated from The Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and a supporter of Cancer League of Colorado, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Food Bank of the Rockies and Children’s Diabetes Foundation.
Dr. Max, as we called him, is survived by his wife, Dianne, sons John (Zelda), Robert (Marcy) and Jim (Teri) and daughter, Karen Pridemore (Darrell), as well as the Brett (Cindy) Freilinger six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
No funeral is planned, but a Celebration of Life is set for Jan. 31 at Citron Bistro Restaurant, 3535 South Yosemite St. at 11 a.m.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations should go to one’s own charity of choice.
Marion Downs died Nov. 13 at the age of 100 with her family by her side. Marion influenced countless numbers of professionals and consumers through her teaching, research, and clinical work on hearing loss.
Dr. Downs created the first national infant hearing-screening program in 1963 in Denver, and fostered the effort to identify and manage hearing loss in infants and children. Downs was also recognized internationally for her work in pediatric audiology. Her professional publications and lectures brought worldwide attention to the importance of early intervention for hearing loss. Today in the U.S., more than 96 percent of all infants receive a newborn hearing screening.
The Marion Downs Center, which opened in 2005 at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, provides services for people with barriers to communication locally and internationally.
LaFawn Biddle said, “Marion Downs was a shining light for families needing help in the field of hearing loss/deafness. In addition to her professional expertise, she shared warmth and empathy with parents and children who were dealing with auditory limitations. Her work changed the quality of life for many families.”
Downs was born in 1914 in New Ulm, Minn., and grew up there, married George Downs, Ph.D., after her junior year of college, and the couple had three children.
Downs attended the University of Minnesota but finished her degree at the University of Colorado. She got her master’s degree from The University of Denver in 1951 and taught there until 1959, when she went to work at the University of Colorado Medical School, and with Doreen Pollack, opened a hearing clinic there.
In 2006 she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
The Marion Downs Foundation had a Celebration of Dr. Downs’ Life, Jan. 9, at the Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
The above information is from the Marion Down Center and sources such as the Wikipedia.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the Marion Downs Foundation via website at www.mariondowns.com, mail at 4280 Hale Parkway, Denver, CO 80220, or call at 303-322-1871.
Jill Friedman Fixler
Denver nonprofit leader Jill Friedman Fixler, who directed program development for many nonprofit organizations and who launched volunteer programs for the Downtown Aquarium, National Jewish Health and other organizations, died Nov. 29 at her home in Arapahoe County. Fixler, founder and president of JFFixler Group, had fought a long battle with myelofibrosis, according to family members.
“She was an engaging personality and an excellent consultant who continually helped all of us to be the best we can be,” said Rabbi Bruce Dollin, past president of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council.
Fixler and her team, he added, provided executive and organizational training to rabbis newly arrived to the Rocky Mountain region.
Trained at Lake Forest College and the University of Colorado Boulder, Fixler launched a volunteer program for the Denver Dumb Friends League in the 1980s and provided similar launches for other organizations, eventually carrying her expertise to national and international consulting by way of the company she founded in 2002. She authored two books on volunteer engagement.
Fixler, 61, is survived by her husband Peter Fixler, whom she met early in college and whom had described as “the love of her life;” by her son Joshua Ron Solomon Fixler, now in rabbinic training, and his wife Annie; by her mother Audrey Friedman Marcus; and by her sister Rabbi Dayle Friedman and brother Glen Friedman and their families. Fixler had been diagnosed with the leukemia-related illness in 1997, but fought valiantly for more than a decade, giving up her professional work only in 2013. According to family, she described the battle as having been a “life gift” that allowed her to focus her attentions on her family and friends.
Services for Jill Friedman Fixler were held at Temple Emanuel in Denver. Contributions in Fixler’s honor may be made to Maurice B. Shwayder Camp and to the Colorado AIDS Project.
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