Coy Gau, former senior receptionist at The Denver Post
Coy Gau, a former senior receptionist for the editorial department at The Denver Post, died June 29, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ariz., at age 98. She was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Johnson County, Ark., to Hiram and Jettie Thomason Robbins. Gau graduated from Dover High School in 1939.
An avid Denver Broncos fan, she also enjoyed visiting with her military family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Vaughn Robbins, Harold Robbins and Clinton “Babe” Robbins; three husbands, Ray Fowler, Clifford Gau and Jefferson K. Warren; a nephew, Phil Robbins; and a great-niece, Leah Metheny.
Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Mardie Robbins and family, Imogene Robbins and family, and Christene Robbins and family, all of Arkansas; a cousin, Mary Kuperman of Calif.; a stepson, Mark Warren of Colorado Springs; and a stepdaughter, Anne Deines of Denver.
A visitation took place on July 2 at Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale. A funeral service took place on July 11 at Newcomer Funeral Home in Aurora, Colo., followed by burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.
Patrick Etchart, former reporter, editor at Lamar Daily News, Longmont Times-Call
Patrick Etchart, a former newspaperman as well as spokesman for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant for 17 years, died July 6, 2017, of complications from lung cancer. A native of Las Animas, Colo., he was 65.
Etchart graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in journalism in 1973. He went to work as a reporter and editor at the Lamar Daily News in Colorado, the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post-Register and the Times-Call in Longmont, Colo.
In 1984, he went to work as public affairs specialist at Rocky Flats for Department of Energy contractor Rockwell International. He left Rocky Flats in 2001 as environmental cleanup operations began, and transferred to the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resource Revenue, located at the Lakewood Federal Center in that west metro Denver suburb. He retired in 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janet (Minor) Etchart; daughters Patricia, Rachael and Angela, and Angela’s daughter, Sophia. A celebration of his life took place July 14 at the Lakewood Heritage Center.
Robert C. Olson, author active in public relations, advertising, Denver Press Club
Robert C. Olson died July 8, 2017, two days after his 89th birthday. He was born in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. On scholarship to Pembrook Country Day School, in his senior year he won the Dr. Niagro Notre Dame Football Trophy, which gave him the opportunity to attend any number of well-known colleges. He chose the University of Colorado, where he played varsity football and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Olson went on to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps, attend meteorology school and work for the Pentagon with Master Central Analysis, tracking world weather. After his service, he attended Northwestern University and the American Academy of Art, studying journalism, advertising and art. In the 1950s he worked for some of the country’s largest advertising agencies on Madison Avenue in New York City.
Olson then returned to Colorado to work as advertising manager for Lego toys, then as corporate public relations director for Samsonite Corp. He went on to lead one of the nation’s largest public relations firms, Darcy Communications, and soon bought the branch office. During this time he was an active member of the Denver Press Club and the Denver Athletic Club.
When he retired, he worked on art, doing portraits of such notables as Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White, pianist and actor Dudley Moore and former Colorado Governor Bill Owens (which now hangs in perpetuity at the Colorado State Capitol). His other love was writing. He penned the book, “Speck – the Life and Times of Spencer Penrose.”
He is survived by his wife Sandy, daughters Julie Olson and Jenny (Dan) Kelly and grandchildren Jessie and Ian, all of Denver; and his sister, Sue (Chuck) Rohde, of Janesville, Wis. Private burial took place at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.