Paul I. Hauk
Paul I. Hauk, 91, died Sept. 20, 2007, in Glenwood Springs, after a short illness. He was born March 25, 1916, in Denver, where he attended parochial schools. In 1937, he received a bachelor of science degree in forestry at Colorado A&M (CSU), where he was an all-conference baseball player in 1936. His 40-year career in federal service was primarily with the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado as a district ranger on the San Juan and Arapaho national forests; and on the White River at Glenwood Springs, where he was a supervisory forester from 1957-77, when he retired. He resided in Glenwood Springs until his death. Early in his career, he worked as a Longs Peak guide and ranger, was a flying cadet for the Army Air Corps of Engineers Coast and Geodetic, Soil Conservation Service, and as a seaman with the merchant marines in the Pacific. In 1939, he married Jean Barkley in San Antonio. They were divorced in 1985, and Jean died in 2005. He was one of the earliest Colorado skiers in the 1930s, and was given the job of making ski area recons and feasibility studies for more than 50 ski areas in the West. During 1978-79 he prepared a series of narrative-pictorial histories or chronologies that were published by the Forest Service covering the ski areas from A-Basin to Aspen. After two monographs plus photos and slides all in Archives of History Department of Denver Public Library, he was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1982, in recognition of his pioneer work as one of the first “snow rangers” at Berthoud Pass and A-Basin, and for his contributions to the ski areas of Colorado. He was a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Ski Museum at Vail and a member of the International Skiing History Association. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hix, whom he married in 1987; daughter Dr. Carol Hauk of Denver; grandsons Joey Weiss of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dan (Adrienne Mansanares) Weiss of Denver; stepchildren David, Diane, Bruce and Laurie, their spouses and numerous stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, and stepgreat-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by son Richard Hauk and older brother Andrew Hauk. Cremation was performed, and a memorial will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. Contributions may be made to the Colorado Ski Museum, P.O. Box 1976, Vail, CO 81658; or to Colorado Academy, Scholarship Fund, Denver, CO.
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