George Hix, longtime resident and businessman in Estes Park died Friday May 14, 2010, at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. He was 82 years old. George Charles Hix was born March 24, 1928, in Longmont, CO, to Estes Park residents Charles Franklin Hix, Sr. and Elsie Claire (Johnson) Hix.
George attended school in Estes Park, graduating from the Estes Park High School in 1947 before attending the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. At CU, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force as staff sergeant, completed Officer Training School, commissioned as Lieutenant, and after 22 years in the Reserves, retired as Lieutenant Colonel.
On January 31, 1964, George married Glonda Lewis in Las Vegas, NV.
George started his career working for his father, Charles Hix, in The Estes Park Bank during high school as a bookkeeper, posting ledgers in pen and ink. After his active duty service in the Air Force, he became a Bank Examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He returned to Estes Park in 1956 as the Vice President of The Estes Park Bank. Eventually, George took over duties to become President, then CEO and finally Chairman Emeritus of the bank. The Estes Park Bank was Colorado’s oldest operating state bank charter at one time, and in the 1990s, he and his staff acquired two branches in Granby and Grand Lake and changed the bank’s name to United Valley Bank. In 1998, George retired from banking after 42 years.
George served the Estes Park and Colorado communities in many capacities for over 45 years. He was an elected town official for 16 years, also serving as Mayor Pro-Tem, served on the Estes Valley Recreation & Park District board for 24 years, town Planning Commission from 1979 to 1990, the Estes Valley Planning Commission 2002 to 2006, Director of the Estes Valley Land Trust from 1987 to 1993, member of the Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority 1994-1996. He was also President of the Estes Park Chamber of Commerce, President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Estes Park where he also maintained 100% attendance for over 50 years. He was a member of the Rodeo Committee, organized the Century Club for local Scouts, served on the Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts, and was a member of the Forward Estes Park Foundation, served on the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation Board and Foothills Gateway Foundation.
He was a member of Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, where he served as Deacon and Elder. He was also a member of American Legion Post #119, the Estes Park Car Club, Rooftop Riders, and Masonic Lodge # 183.
George is survived by his wife Glonda of Estes Park, son Charlie and his wife Terri of Redmond, WA and grandchildren Alison, Derek, Ryan, Logan, daughter Kim and her husband John, of Boulder, CO, and grandchildren Andrew and Amanda. He is also survived by his brother Frank and wife Alma of Estes Park.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies in Estes Park. A private burial will take place at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Estes Park Medical Center Foundation, Estes Park Boy Scout Troop 8, or to American Legion Post #119 in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.