03-01-16 CWCB mourns passing of Diane Hoppe…

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Diane Hoppe

With a heavy heart we regret to inform you that Colorado has lost a truly remarkable woman in Diane Hoppe, who passed away on Saturday, February 27.

Diane, a native of Colorado, was raised in Sterling. She spent almost 30 years in both the public and private sectors stewarding Colorado’s natural and agricultural resources.

“Representative Hoppe’s contribution to the State of Colorado was substantial and the loss of her leadership and friendship will be felt by many statewide,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Diane’s list of accomplishments is inspiring, and here are a few of the many. Diane served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 through 2006 and chaired the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, the Water Interim Committee, and the Water Resources Review Committee, and served as Minority Whip. She was a founding member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and served as President from 2002 through 2007. Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Diane to the Colorado Water Conservation Board as the South Platte Basin representative in 2012, and she was elected chair of the Board in 2015. Diane received many honors during her lifetime including the Colorado Water Congress 2013 Wayne N. Aspinall Award for Outstanding Water Leader. 

Diane Hoppe’s spirit will forever be remembered and will serve as an inspiration to the many lives she touched.  

A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 am on Sat. March 12 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on 1700 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield , CO with a memorial reception following at 11 am at Copper Leaf Gardens on 1200 Miramonte St. in Broomfield.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund at http://www.denverfoundation.org/Your-Giving/Give-Now or send checks payable to The Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund care of The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St., 8th Floor, Denver, CO 80206.

DIANE HOPPE’S OBITUARY

Phyllis Diane (Rogers) Hoppe passed away Saturday, February 27 after a long battle with cancer. She was 68.

Born on Dec. 14, 1947 in Sterling, CO to Dr. Thurmond and Phyllis Rogers, she graduated from Sterling High School in 1965 and from CU Boulder in 1972 with a degree in microbiology. After marriage, she worked on the Hoppe farm and ranch near Sterling before going into public service.

Diane worked for Congressman Hank Brown and succeeded Rep. Don Ament in the Colorado House of Representatives where she served for eight years from 1999-2006. She became the first woman to chair the House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources. Diane also chaired the Water Resources Review Committee and served as House Minority Whip.

A founding member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, she served as its president from 2002-2007 and in 2012 received its President’s Award. In 2012, she was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which she chaired in 2015-2016. She also served on the South Platte Basin Roundtable. A well-respected water leader, she received numerous awards, including the Colorado Water Congress Aspinall Award, the Colorado Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture award, the Colorado Cattlemen Association Honorary Life Member award, and the Colorado Water Congress Honorary Life Member award.

Diane Hoppe is survived by her two sons, Dan (Mikaila) Hoppe and John (Cheryl) Hoppe both of Broomfield, by her brother John (Joyce) Rogers of Pocatello, ID, and by many beloved friends.

A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 am on Sat. March 12 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on 1700 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield , CO with a memorial reception following at 11 am at Copper Leaf Gardens on 1200 Miramonte St. in Broomfield.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund at http://www.denverfoundation.org/Your-Giving/Give-Now or send checks payable to The Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund care of The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St., 8th Floor, Denver, CO 80206.

Submitted to BARN Media by:

Mara MacKillop | mara.mackillop@state.co.us | 303-866-3441

Todd Hartman | todd.hartman@state.co.us |303-513-3639