Denver mayor Federico Peña was elected in 1983 on the campaign slogan “Imagine a Great City.” But it was Ron Straka, his deputy director of urban design, who helped turn that phrase into reality.
Puebloan Charles McCulley's family says he was "born into the funeral business.” His mortuary served southern Colorado’s African Americans and Hispanics -- at at time when others wouldn’t. McCulley died in October at age 78.
Francis Xavier Atencio, X for short, was born in Walsenburg in 1919. He helped shape what some of Disney's most famous films, like Pinocchio and Fantasia looked like. He passed away this year.
At 27, Hayden Kennedy was considered one of the world's best climbers. But he chose to end his life in October after he and his girlfriend were caught in an avalanche that killed her.
Kriho, an activist for hemp and marijuana legalization, may be better known for encouraging a jury to ignore a law they didn't agree with.
Bob Rawlings was at the helm of the Pueblo Chieftain for more than 37 years and was a powerful force in protecting Southeastern Colorado's water resources. Rawlings died earlier this year at age 92.
For decades, Bishop shot and sold postcards of ski areas and resort towns on the Western Slope like Aspen and Durango. He died in September in Grand Junction at age 96.