OBITUARY – Vernon A. “Bud” Isaacs

It is with great sadness we announce that Vernon A. “Bud” Isaacs passed away unexpectedly on February 22, 2022. There are few who are fortunate enough to live life to its fullest. Rarer, however, is the individual who accomplishes this high standard and continues to inspire all of us to do the same. Those who know Bud will appreciate that he was one of these rare individuals.

Bud’s life emphasized his “three Fs”: Family, Faith, and Friends. When not providing leadership and mentorship for his colleagues in the oil and gas business, he loved skiing, fishing, hunting, golfing, and traveling. Recently, Bud celebrated his 80th birthday amongst family at one of his favorite fishing spots, enjoying fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and sharing stories. His final day with us included biking to the golf course, playing 18 holes, having lunch with a friend, and biking home.

Bud was a decorated veteran with the 101st Airborne. He was the founder of the Upper Colorado River Alliance, and a loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts, Colorado School of Mines, ACE Scholarships, Colorado UpLift, and many more organizations, with his time, energy, and philanthropy. Bud is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Kaye; his children Kimberly, Scott, and Chad; his grandchildren Chelsea, Haley, Riley, Anton, and Payton; and friends too numerous to list.

Bud’s memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church (10150 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village, CO). A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honor to the Upper Colorado River Alliance  ( or a charity of your choice.