Evergreen's Buffalo Bill – Al Huffman – dies at 84

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Al Huffman, known by many as Buffalo Bill, died peacefully on September 20, 2016, surrounded by family.  He was 84.

Al portrayed Buffalo Bill Cody for more than 30 years, traveling internationally to do so.  As Buffalo Bill he even met the president and other world leaders at the Summit of the Eight in 1997 when they gathered in Denver.

There will be a memorial service for Al on Saturday, September 24th at 11 am at Church of the Hills, 28628 Buffalo Park Road.  Following there will be a celebration of life at the Evergreen Elks Lodge at 1 pm with a potluck.  (Salads and desserts appreciated.)

Read an extensive profile on Al by clicking here.


Lois Lange obituary

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Lois A Lange, 90, passed away peacefully July 30, 2016 at Atria Park of Applewood in Lakewood, Colorado. Lois was a vivacious woman known for her great story telling, her volunteerism, her memoir writing and her public speaking.

Lois was born in Jamestown, New York in 1926. Growing up during the Depression, she attended school in five different states - New York, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

After high school, Lois attended business college while also working for the USO. There she met her future husband, George Lange. They married in 1946. She raised her children in New York state and worked for a variety of employers. Her most notable employer was Guideposts Magazine, founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, where she was the Benefits Manager.

When she retired from Guideposts Magazine in 1993, she moved to Colorado, following her son and his wife who were living in Evergreen. She had previously visited Colorado many times and loved the beauty of the state. She was also fascinated with the rich history of the area.

Lois was full of energy and vitality with a passion for history. After retirement, she wanted to stay active and involved, so she poured her energy into the Evergreen community. She started by volunteering at the Hiwan Museum and began her involvement with the Jefferson County Historical Society.

When the Hazel Humphrey Museum opened in 1996, she became a key player. Before Hazel passed away, she was a friend of Lois’. Hazel’s wish to turn her home into a museum was something that Lois took seriously. Lois acted as the historian for the museum, researching and compiling data, then writing scripts for the volunteer tour guides. All of this has been done as a volunteer except for a brief stint as an acting director of the museum.

In the relatively short time that Lois lived in Evergreen, she became an important figure in the community. She was a board member of several organizations inlcuding the Jefferson Historical Society, the Evergreen Woman's Club and the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum.

Lois is survived by her two children Randy Lange (Susan) of Evergreen, Colorado and Gretchen Stoltz (Bill) of Crescent City, Florida; and her nieces, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by friends, family and all who knew her.

A celebration of life will be planned at a future date - to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humphrey Museum or a charity of your choice.

To read a previously published profile on Lois, click here.


Don Mattivi obituary

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Retired teacher Donald Vern Mattii, Sr. passed away July 14, 2016.  

Don Sr. was born in Idaho Springs April 10, 1927 to Mertrand Avery Mattivi and Domonic Paul Mattivi of Central City, CO. He was raised in the Black Hawk/Central City area and graduated from the local high school in 1944.

When World War II broke out he joined the Army even though he was still in high school. After graduation he attended CU until he turned 18 and was called to active duty. He served in the Army Air Corp from July of 1945 until November of 1946.

During this time he met Mary E. Rediess and fell in love. They were married in November of 1947. (She preceded him in death in 2006.)

Upon graduating from CU he found a job teaching for Gilpin County High School. He taught physical education and history and coached basketball, football and track, later to become the principal up until the high school closed in 1966.

He then taught two years at Byers High School but missed his mountains. He found a job at Evergreen High School where he taught from 1968 to 1986. He taught history, building trades and coached. He was the cross country and track coach and assisted with other sports. Upon retiring for teaching he turned to construction. He loved to fish, garden and swing dance.

He is survived by his children Donald, Jr.; Michael; Rebecca and Mark; and four grandchildren: Adam, Jaxon, Connor and Andrew and great-granddaughter Ricci.

Details on a late-summer memorial to be held for Don will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Denver Jazz Club.

To read a lengthy profile on Don written a few years ago, please click here.


Barbara Sternberg, the Grande Dame of the Evergreen arts community, dies at 92

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Local author/historian and long-time Evergreen resident, Barbara Edwards Sternberg, died peacefully in her Bergen Park home on July 15, 2016, just shy of her 93rd birthday.

Barbara and her husband, architect Eugene Sternberg (who preceded her in death in 2005), were community volunteers who donated much of their lives to local causes and helped to develop several cultural and civic organizations in the Evergreen area. Barbara and Eugene Sternberg wrote a book on Evergreen’s history, Evergreen: Our Mountain Community.


Dave Loomiller obituary

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David Loomiller, 77, passed peacefully at his home on January 25, 2016, after a short illness.  

He was born to Harold Loomiller and Mabel Keyes in 1938 in Longmont, CO. The Loomiller family were pioneers of Colorado, settling in the Longmont area in 1891.  David attended Longmont High School and Colorado State Uniersity.  After serving in the Army, David spent many years in the paper and packaging industry in sales and marketing across the western United States.

David was past commander of American Legion Post 2001 and past president of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.  He received the Elks Citizen of the Year Award in 2006, Evergreen National Bank Employee of the Year in 2007 and the Legion Post 2001 Meritorious Service Award in 2012.

He always said that after 35 years away, his love of the mountains brought him back to Colorado and into the family cabin in Allenspark, before moving to Evergreen in 1990.