Susan and Randy Pye, center, with grandchildren Sierra and Hunter, left, and daughter and son-in-law Heather and Steve, right.
BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
Susan Pye is one of a kind, energetic, involved Centennial citizen who is a member of the elected board of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.
She has lived all across the United States before settling in the Homestead Farm II Subdivision for the past 32 years. Pye is currently the secretary of the SSPRD board. The district has an annual budget of $65 million and serves approximately 155,000 residents in the south Denver metro area. She is honored to serve on SSPRD Board and is diligent about taking classes to learn more to better serve the district.
Pye says her career in “helping people” has had a profound effect on her life. Born in Dodge City, Kansas and raised in Stafford, Kansas, where she graduated from high school, Pye had a career as an international telecommunications technical trainer, working with clients in 33 countries. She is a graduate of the Patricia Stevens School in Wichita, Kansas, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Buxton University.
Married to Randy Pye, who is one of the founders and the first mayor of Centennial (eight years), she also serves as an appointed member on the Centennial Senior Commission, of which she serves as the chair.
The couple have one daughter, Heather, who is married to Steve, and also two grandchildren, Sierra and Hunter, who are teen-agers. Pye says that her life has been formed “by a community where people take care of each other.” Additionally, she attributes her upbringing with being responsible for her development as a person who cares about others.
Pye moved to Centennial in 1987. She notes that the SSPRD has an annual budget of $65 million (compared to Centennial’s annual budget of $90 million) and serves a wide geographic area, including parts of three counties (Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson) and six cities and towns (Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and Centennial).
While growing up, Pye loved music, playing the piano and singing in her school and church choirs. As she got older, she also took ballroom dance lessons. She is an enthusiastic gardener, growing plants in a pot garden that has produced “huge tomatoes.”
Pye has lived in many different places, including Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia. Her favorite place to live, however, is Centennial. She believes that each of the places she has lived has “taught me a lot.”
Growing up, church was important. She sees it as a means of “filling up to go out and do good things” for the community and other people. Where she was raised, church “was the way you lived and treated each other.”
Pye has also participated as a volunteer ambassador for active adults programs and services, and for Project Cure. She has served as a Developmental Pathways volunteer, and has been an ex officio advisor for the Centennial Youth Commission. She loves to hike and walk, and she enjoys watching her grandchildren play lacrosse and football. She also dances and her daughter, a yoga instructor, encourages her to take yoga classes, which she is trying to embrace. She is always seeking opportunities to serve to make the world a better place.
A gorgeous woman who modeled women’s clothing in her 20’s and 30’s, Pye said she has “no regrets” about her life, believing she has lived life to its fullest. Centennial – as well as its former mayor – is lucky to have her!
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