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Hartman Axley

Denver, Colorado

Hartman Axley

Hartman Axley was born in 1931 in Madison, Wisconsin to the late Ralph and Katharine
Axley. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Economics
and Law. He was a loving father to his son Tim, and daughter Colleen as well as
grandchildren Johanna, Kathryn, Daniel, Alexandra and Luke, great-grandchildren
Grant and Jason, and daughter-in-law Cynthia. He was preceded in death by his
wife Marguerite.
Hartman began competing in Nordic Combined at age 12 and was a member of
the University of Wisconsin Ski Team, and the Central United States Ski
Association Downhill and Slalom Championship 4-man team. He was
Intercollegiate Ski Chairman for the Central US Ski Association and was active in
efforts to make skiing an NCAA Sport. He served as a member of the Squaw Valley
Olympic Ski Patrol. He was vice-chair of the Colorado Ski Museum. Hartman
served in the military in Korea. He was a Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
US Army. He was actively involved in the National Ski Patrol and was Rocky
Mountain Division Director and Assistant National Director. He helped establish
many of the Volunteer Ski Patrols in Colorado. He helped establish and was
chairman of the Southwest YMCA. He was active in the National Senior Olympics
playing badminton and winning over 100 medals. He became a Certified
Badminton Umpire and was a volunteer scorer for Badminton at the Atlanta
He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, the National Ski Patrol Hall of
Fame, the Metro Denver YMCA Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Badminton Hall of
Fame. He was a Legend of the Denver Athletic Club and Senior Athlete of the Year
at the Denver Athletic Club. He received the Minnie Dole Award from the National
Ski Patrol, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Alumni
Hartman was involved in many professional organizations including the National
Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Colorado Insurance Commissioners
Advisory Council, Colorado Liaison, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting,
Society of Financial Service Professionals, Estate Planning Law Specialists, Inc,
Wisconsin Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association. He was involved in the
Chartered Life Underwriters, the Accredited Estate Planners, the Certified
Financial Planners, and was a Registered Health Underwriter. He was involved
with the NAIFA Producer’s Advisory Council and received a master’s degree in
financial services as well. He was the Vice President of the Colorado Ethics in
Business Alliance Board. He was a founding member of the Boulder Estate
Planning Council and President of the Denver Estate Planning Council.
He received the J Stanley Edwards Award from the Colorado and Denver
AssociaNon of Life Underwriters. The Boulder Estate Planning Council established
the Axley-Baugh Distinguished Service Award in his honor. The National
Association of Estate Planners and Councils established April 17th as Hartman
Axley Day. He also received the Hartman Axley Award for outstanding service and
Achievement from NAEPC. He was inducted into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame
and received the Lifetime Service Award from NAEPC as well. He received the
Wesley C Whitney, CLU Award from the Denver Association of Life Underwriters.
Hartman loved music and was involved in choirs throughout his life from the Boys’
Choir at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, the Mini Singers, the Tutor Singers,
the Men’s Chorus, the 8th Army Chapel Choir in Korea and Japan, many church
choirs and the VA National Medical Music Group. He also played viola in the
University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.

His was a life well lived. He will be greatly missed.

Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 10:30am, Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Committal will follow that day at 2:30pm, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area C.

The service will be live streamed and may be attended by clicking this link:

For those who would like to make a gift to the Marguerite and Hartman Axley Fund #132380026 in honor of Hartman, they may do so via online with this customized link:

Or by mail  payable to the 'UW Foundation' with a note to direct it as a tribute to the "Marguerite and Hartman Axley Fund #132380026."  The address gifts can be sent to is UW Foundation, US Bank Lockbox Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807.

Past Services

Memorial Service

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Mountain time)

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation - Southwest Denver/Lakewood

3101 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80227

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Committal Service

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

2:30 - 3:00 pm (Mountain time)

Fort Logan Cemetery, Colorado, Denver

4400 W. Kenton Avenue, Denver, CO 80236

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