Victor Paul Stabio
Victor Paul Stabio

December 19, 1947 - March 8, 2018
Born in Miles City, Montana
Resided in Denver, CO
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Victor Paul Stabio, passed away on March 7, 2018 at the age of 70. Born on December 19, 1947 in Miles City, MT to parents Charley and Dolores Stabio, Vic was the oldest of his four siblings: Cathy, Duane, DeeDee and Mark. Ambitious even as a teenager, he held multiple jobs growing up in rural Broadus, MT. Vic met the love of his life MaryAnn (Minow) Stabio in high school and they were married in 1967. They were fortunate enough to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in October 2017.

Vic graduated from Eastern Montana College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He originally thought he wanted to be a high school business teacher, but was hired as an intern with an Oil & Gas Company in Billings, MT, where he gained experience buying coal leases in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota. He was Founder of Mountain & Plains Oil Company until its merger with Adobe Oil & Gas Corporation in 1980. After a few years as a self-employed investor and financial consultant, an exciting business opportunity moved the family to the Denver area. Vic served as Executive Vice President of Operations for High Plains Oil Corporation from 1983 to 1987. He later accepted a position of President, CEO and Director of Hallador Energy where he remained for 24 years when he stepped down in January 2014, becoming Board Chairman. He was also a Director of Savoy Exploration and Sunrise Coal. Vic was instrumental in transforming Hallador from a financially challenged oil and gas exploration company to a highly successful coal mining company with an enterprise value approaching $400 million. A highlight of his career was ringing the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell when Hallador Energy was listed on the Nasdaq.

He is survived by his wife MaryAnn, daughter Deborah (son-in-law Scott, granddaughters Kaitlyn and Sydney) and son Bradley (daughter-in-law Sarah, grandsons Oliver and Will and granddaughter Phoebe). He will be forever missed by all for his positive outlook on life, his incredibly generous nature with everyone he met and his love of travel and adventure that he shared with his wife, children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Vic loved biking in the Colorado mountains and skiing with his family, enjoyed scuba diving and was an avid Denver sports fan. He especially loved coaching the Denver Broncos from his vantage point on the couch at home.

A celebration of Vic’s life will be held on Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Columbine United Church, 6375 S. Platte Canyon Road, Littleton, CO.

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Celebration of Vic's Life
Columbine United Church
6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd
Littleton, CO 80123
Monday, March 19, 2018
11:00 AM


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