John D. "Andy" Anderson obituary

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John David Anderson died peacefully on Sunday, May 21st, attended by his wife. Andy was born on Christmas Eve to William E. Anderson, an agricultural chemist, and Norma C. Anderson, a social worker. He grew up in New England.

During WWII, he trained as a Navy pilot and attended St. Mary's and Trinity Colleges. After the war, he attended Harvard, graduating in 1949 and obtaining a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1952. But more importantly, he married Florence Van Dyke ("Flodie"). He and Flodie then went west, driving their car "Horrors" to Denver, where the fast-growing city presented both architectural opportunities and a place to raise a family with a fabulous mountain backdrop.

In 1960 he struck out on his own, founding Anderson Architects, and began to design buildings around the mountain West. The firm eventually became Anderson Mason Dale in the early 1980s.

A strong proponent of energy conservation and sustainable design (even prior to the coining of the phrase), his firm designed Front Range Community College, the largest solar-heated building in the world (at the time) in the early 1970s.

He appeared as a lecturer and panelist on sustainable building design throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and Finland. He was also a delegate to the World Energy Congress in New Delhi in 1983.

Andy was the long-time chair of the Lower Downtown (LoDo) Design Review Board, overseeing the renewal of this historic district in which his office was embedded, a block from Union Station. For over 40 years, he was a leader in the architectural community both locally and nationally. He advocated inclusivity in the profession, supporting women in architecture, and leading by example.

He became a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1980, was awarded the AIA Western Mountain Region's Silver Medal in 1984 and was named AIA Colorado Architect of the Year in 1987. In 2001, Andy was elected President of the AIA, and traveled extensively advocating for sustainable design and modernizing the role of architects in society.

Andy and Flodie forged a remarkable partnership over 66 years of marriage. Flodie supported the firm as secretary in the early years. Through the League of Women Voters, she became involved in transportation issues in Denver and Colorado. In 2004, Andy and Flodie jointly received the Dana Crawford Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. They traveled to global destinations but were most proud of climbing all of Colorado's 14ers together. The feat culminated with a climb of Capitol Peak in 1990 in the company of family and friends.  Their collaboration and lifetime partnership in all things is a model to all who knew them.

Andy is survived by Flodie, their two sons Robert (Suzanne) and David (Nanon), four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All will miss him dearly for his humility, gentle humor, and his clear-eyed support. He was a gentleman in all ways, a model human being. Andy himself summed it best recently, raising his baseball cap and stating, "it's been a wonderful life".

His life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31st. A service at Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St., Denver 80207 (one of his first buildings) begins at 1 pm for his family, co-workers, and friends. This will be followed by an informal public reception at the Denver Botanical Gardens from 3:30-6:30 pm, where all are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest contributions to the Architectural Education Foundation AIA Colorado (AEF) (specify the John Anderson Scholarship), or a favorite charity.


Gavin Arneson singled out by the National Honor Society for its highest honor

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Gavin Arneson of Clear Creek High School was singled out from 26,000 applicants nationwide to receive the National Honor Society Scholarship April 27, 2017.  His picture graced the front page of the The Denver Post on Sunday, May 14th, labeled "from bottom to top."

Not only will Gavin graduate as valedictorian of his class later this month, but he's risen to the top in so many ways, including community service and leadership roles on the student council and with service clubs.  His integrity and respect are often cited when people talk about him.

But what makes this a real story is that Gavin was homeless twice in his 18 years, dealing with his parents' alcoholism.  He and a brother lived with his mother in a homeless shelter in Nebraska for awhile; six years ago they moved in with their father near St. Mary's Glacier.  

Determined not to become a homeless boy who would grow up to be a homeless person, Gavin applied himself at school and became involved in numerous extra-curricular activities, channeling his energy into helping others.


Jane Carlson obituary

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Jane Carlson of Evergreen, passed away suddenly on May 13, 2017 at age 71. She was born Jane Marie Aubart in Cornell, Wisconsin on November 14, 1945 to Roy and Loretta Aubart.

In the late ‘60s and into the mid-‘70s, Jane owned two retail businesses in Wisconsin: a fabric store in Racine called Jane’s Petite Boutique and later the Warp & Woof in Milwaukee where she sold fabric and custom clothing.

She met and married her husband, Ken Carlson, in Milwaukee; they relocated six times before settling in Evergreen, Colorado.

Jane’s strong artistic talent was directed toward the creation of stuffed bears and various styles of cloth dolls, which she displayed and sold through arts and craft shows and in various stores as well as directly through her business, KenJa Designs. She was active in various bear and doll groups and was recognized through various organizations and magazines.

In retirement Jane continued her artistic endeavors through acrylic painting, Zentangling, drawing, stamping, coloring and making cards.

She suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and undiagnosed cancer.

Jane is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ken, as well as six sisters and four brothers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Evergreen Christian Outreach, PO Box 1515, Evergreen 80437 or donated online at (click on “Donate Now” to be directed to the Colorado Gives site). Be sure to note donations are in memory of Jane Carlson.


Dr. Richard Powell retires

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Dr. Richard Powell is retiring from his dental practice after 56 years in Evergreen.  The Kansas native is a proud alum of the University of Kansas but is in the midst of selling his business to a graduate of rival Kansas State University.  Dr. Alex Roberts will take over the practice on Buffalo Park Road shortly.



Celebration of life announced for Mike Weiker

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There will be a celebration of the life of Michael P. Weiker on Sunday, April 2nd at 3:30 pm at Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St. Denver, 80237.  Weiker, affiliated with the Evergreen Chorale for 30 years,  died January 13, 2017.

He was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the US in 1936. Part of Mike's childhood was spent in Boulder, CO. After High School graduation Mike joined the Air Force and became a decorated Airman in the Para Rescue Division.

Mike received a BA and MA from the University of Northern Colorado where he also served as student body vice-president.

Besides family, Mike's passion was music. He was a dedicated educator and conductor for nearly 50 years. Of his many accomplishments he is most remembered as the Director of Choral Music at Bear Creek High School 1962-1992, the Artistic Director of the Evergreen Chorale 1980-2010 and Director of Music for Temple Sinai and the Arvada United Methodist Church. Mike served as the president of the Colorado Music Educators Association, was the American Choral Directors Association Conductor of the Year (1991), is an Honored Alumnus of UNC and is in the CMEA Hall of Fame.

Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

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