Charles Richard Hazelrigg
Charles Richard Hazelrigg

March 10, 1933 - November 17, 2016
Resided in Denver, CO
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Charles (Chuck) Richard Hazelrigg, 83, passed away November 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado, after an extended illness with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

Born in 1933, and raised in Cadiz, Ohio, he excelled in athletics and academics, and loved the Boy Scouts. A trip "out west" as a scout triggered his choice, years later, to live in Colorado.

Football provided a full-ride scholarship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, but academics were Chuck's priority. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business, majoring in finance and banking. He and Luanne were married in January of their senior year in college. The young couple honeymooned the following summer with an eight-week, 11, 000-mile camping trip through the western U.S. and Canada before heading to Yakota Air Force Base, Japan, where Chuck served as Chief Financial Officer.

In 1955, Chuck began his 33-year career at the U.S. National Bank in Denver. He held numerous positions at the bank, spearheading Mastercard in the Rocky Mountain Region and founding United Capital Management. He ultimately served as President, COO and CEO of United Banks of Colorado, a 40-bank holding company.

Chuck's level of commitment and dedication to a career in banking also typified his service to the community. His 25-year tenure as a trustee at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science included posts as Treasurer, Chairman of the Board and Chair of the $35 million capital campaign that provided the resources to build the Space Odyssey and the Gates Planetarium and leveraged over $65 million for parking and west wing expansion. Other fundraising efforts included the acquisition of the 402-acre Noble Meadow in Evergreen, several Girl Scout capital projects and many land preservation and community efforts. He served on numerous boards including Junior Achievement of Metro Denver, the Colorado Outward Bound School and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.

Travel and outdoor adventure, often hiking or biking, were ways to enjoy nature, share time with family and friends, and engage with people in cultures around the world. He and Luanne traveled to all seven continents after a life-changing trek to Nepal in 1981.

While his achievements are notable, Chuck will most be remembered as a capable, humble and kind man who loved his family deeply and engaged passionately with everyone he met. He was a mentor and leader to family members, friends, colleagues, employees and acquaintances.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Luanne Hazelrigg, brother James Hazelrigg of Jackson, Ohio, and his daughters and their families: Lynn and Steve Hetterich and their children Abby and Callan, Nancy Hazelrigg, and Amy and Greg Burkholder and their daughters Gretchen and Anna.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Montview Church, 1980 Dahlia, Denver, CO 80220.

Gifts in Chuck's memory may be made to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science or Cure PSP.

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Montview Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia Street
Denver, CO US 80220
Friday, December 2, 2016
2:00 PM