Walter P. Spader
Former Broomfield Mayor and City Council member Walt Spader died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, after a brief illness. He was 76.
Mr. Spader was born June 27, 1937 to Walter W. and Elizabeth Kilburg Spader. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Martin on Feb. 7, 1959. The couple moved to Jackson, N.J. and had three daughters, Christine, Jacqueline and Phyllis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard.
Always interested in community, he served on the Board of Education in Jackson, where he was elected president of the board. Also in Jackson, he served on the Planning Commission and was a member of the Jaycees who named him Young Man of the Year.
Mr. Spader came to Broomfield in 1969 with his family, transferred here by AT&T Bell Labs. He joined the Broomfield Jaycees and would often reminisce about the organization’s participation in the Broomfield Boom, a precursor to today’s Broomfield Days event.
In 1973 he ran for and was elected to the Broomfield City Council. In 1975, he was elected the city’s fourth mayor. He served in that capacity for 12 years. The inception of term limits makes him Broomfield’s longest consecutively serving mayor. In 2003 he again ran for election to the City Council and served another eight years. He was elected by the council to be mayor pro tem during that time.
Besides his service on the Broomfield City Council, Mr. Spader served on the boards of directors of Adams County Economic Development, Broomfield Economic Development Corp., Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Broomfield Community Foundation, the Northwest Parkway Highway Authority and the Jefferson Parkway Highway Authority. He was a member of the Broomfield Local Licensing Authority, DRCOG Transportation Task Force, the W-470 Highway Authority and served on the Broomfield Police Pension Fund where he was elected chairman.
Usually eschewing public recognition, he was awarded the Gene Frank award for Service to the Community by the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce. He loved to play golf and had a regular foursome of friends who joined him weekly at Eagle Trace Golf Course. Afterwards, they would go out for a meal and added camaraderie.
Mr. Spader retired early from AT&T Bell Labs as manager of the design engineering organization, a multi-group department with more than 120 employees responsible for design support to technical engineering organizations for telecommunications projects. After his retirement, he provided consulting advice to businesses, primarily the Interlocken Advanced Technology Environment, on projects that included the U.S. 36-96th Street interchange and financing for that project.
In the Interlocken area, he also consulted on the Omni Interlocken Resort and golf course project, the recycled wastewater project for landscape irrigation, and the Northwest Parkway. At the time of his death, he was a part time consultant for the Interlocken Architectural Control Committee to assure compliance with the Interlocken covenants and standards for design, construction and maintenance.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Barbara (Bobbi), and three daughters: Christine (Mitzy Landrith), Jacqueline Rosellen (Bruce) and Phyllis McPherson (Jeff). Five grandchildren also survive: Jennifer and Eric Losty, Kaylynn Lousberg and Rose and Barbra McPherson. His brother Art Spader (Jeri) and sister Barbara Foley (Dave) also survive along with nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be said at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. both at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 900 Midway Boulevard in Broomfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Broomfield Community Foundation, 26 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO 80020.