Obituaries

Former state Rep. Jerry Kopel passes away

Longtime Colorado Statesman columnist Jerry Kopel, who served 22 years in the Colorado House, peacefully passed away Saturday, Jan. 21. He was 83 years old. A figure in Colorado politics for decades, Kopel was an avid collector of legislative facts and history and enumerated them for many years in his unique weekly columns in The Statesman. He won several top awards from the Colorado Press Association over the years for his column writing and contributions to public service.

Sen. Udall honors David Getches, the late dean of CU Law

By
The Colorado Statesman

On July 11, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall gave a speech on the Senate floor to honor David Getches, the late dean of University of Colorado Law School who died last week at the age of 68. Getches, an expert in natural resources and Indian law, is credited with changing the landscape of legal training in Colorado by promoting stewardship of public lands and service to our communities, as well as increasing Hispanic enrollment and recruitment. The following is the text of Udall’s speech:

Former Rep. Rafael Gallegos dies; was dedicated to cause of veterans

Former state Rep. Rafael Gallagos, age 71, passed away late last month after battling kidney cancer.

Stewart Udall dies at age 90

Former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, uncle to Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, father to New Mexico’s U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, brother to the late Congressman Morris Udall and hailed as one of the chief architects of the country’s environmental conservation movement, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He was surrounded by family members at his home in Santa Fe.

Marian Pearcy Fairbank, beloved Republican activist, passes on

Marian Fairbank passed away in her sleep the evening of Nov. 3, 2009. She was almost 93 years old. Surely she is in Heaven with her late husband, Allen, where they are smiling and holding hands.