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.
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