Will Faust Nicholson Jr. died peacefully at home on May 28. He was born on Feb. 8, 1929 in Colorado Springs to a sports-minded family. At the age of 7, the family moved to Denver where his father, William F. Nicholson Sr., would become mayor and prominent in golf circles.
Starting as a caddie at the Denver Country Club, Will Jr. eventually became president of the U.S. Golf Association, the chairman of the competition committees at the Augusta National Golf Club, served on the Masters rules committee for 17 years, chaired the competition committees for 15 years, and was also a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews in Scotland.
“There’s no individual who’s done more for the game and for the CGA in the last 100 years than Will Nicholson,” Colorado Golf Association Executive Director Ed Mate said. “He’s on the Mount Rushmore of golf in Colorado for sure.”
Nicholson was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame
He was accomplished businessman and banker, a onetime former chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the chairman, CEO and president of Colorado National Bankshares
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley, his daughter Ann Naughton (Tom) of Colorado Springs, his son, Will Faust Nicholson III of Denver, his sister Betty Wheeler of Denver, eight grandchildren, Michael Naughton of Denver, Sarah Naughton Dorweiler (Jimmer) of Edina, Minn., Rob Naughton (Lindsay) of Denver, Katherine Naughton of Avon, Olivia Nicholson of Denver, Elizabeth Nicholson of New York, N.Y., Emily Nicholson of Denver and Marjorie Nicholson of Denver and a great-granddaughter, Audrey Dorweiler.
His parents, Will Faust and Gladys Burns Nicholson and his sister, Gladys Kirk, preceded him in death.
Services were held June 8 at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver with a private family interment in Colorado Springs the following day.
Donations in his memory can be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, 2017 W. 9th Ave. Denver, 80204 and/or The Colorado Golf Foundation, 5990 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Suite 102 Greenwood Village 80111.
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