Former Westminster Mayor Donald Hoch dies

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Former Westminster Mayor and long-time civic leader Dr. Donald H. Hoch died December 30 at a Colorado Alzheimer’s facility where he had resided the past three years. He was 92.

Hoch originated a dental practice in Westminster in 1955, and continued dentistry activities in Westminster, briefly in Coronado, Calif., and Cherry Creek for more than 55 years.

Elected to Westminster City Council in 1969, he served as Mayor from 1971-1973. Prominent developments during his tenure included; the annexation of land to the north, incorporating the 120th Avenue corridor and the City’s largest employer Western Electric; re-location and building of St. Anthony North Hospital and Front Range College.

Hoch was the last living charter member of the Rotary Club of Westminster, which was organized in 1960. Elected the Club’s third president in 1962, he consistently contributed to Westminster Rotary’s many community and international projects for more than five decades.

Dr. Hoch served on the Board of Directors of Citizen’s Banks of Colorado for more than 25 years and was a contributor to various committees at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Westminster Masonic Lodge.

Born in Yuma, Colorado, he earned his undergraduate degree at Colorado A&M (now CSU) where he enjoyed considerable success on the football team. Following a couple years of teaching and coaching in western Colorado, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska dental school, graduating in 1955.

Memorial services for Dr. Hoch have been scheduled for March 7 at Lakewood’s Mile Hi Church, with a reception to follow at Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden.

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