Lee Monroe Behrens
1947 - 2020
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Lee Behrens, friend and neighbor of 43 years in Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, with his wife and family by his side.
In 1977, following graduate work in historic preservation at Colorado State University, Lee arrived in town to serve as the first properties curator for Historic Georgetown Inc. (then known as the Georgetown Society). Entranced by the valley and its people, he never left.
He resigned from HGI to take the position of administrator/curator for the Colorado State Historical Society at the newly established Georgetown Loop Railroad and Mining Park, a job that became his lifetime career.
A proud Eagle Scout, Vietnam-era Army vet and graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Lee was devoted to his family, friends and dedicated to community. He served on the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department and Clear Creek County Fire Authority board, as selectman from Ward 1, director of Historic Georgetown Inc., Santiago Mill steward, board member of the Western Mining and History Museum in Colorado Springs; and long-term chairman of the Historic District Public Lands Commission.
Born in Baraboo, Wis., and brought up in Metuchen, N.J., he developed a love for the west, especially Colorado, because of the many family vacations and camping trips here as a child.
He collected and collected and collected: books, memorabilia, artifacts of Colorado's mining, railroading and historical past. In retirement he opened a bookstore, Mining the West, which his wife continues to operate.
Lee cared about the land. He fished it. He hiked and camped in it. He paddled it. He worked to preserve it and educate others to value and respect it, especially this place.
Lee is survived by his wife, Jeanne Waligroski; brother Mark Behrens (Ann) of Metuchen, N.J.; sisters Jane Behrens Carman of Lafayette, Colo.; Kay Behrens (Andrew Goldstein) of Claremont, Calif.; Fay Behrens (Renan DaVala) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations in Lee's name may be made to National Jewish Hospital, P.O. Box 17169, Denver, CO 80217; Historic Georgetown Inc., P.O. Box 667, Georgetown, CO 80444; and the Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation, P.O. Box 1037, Georgetown, CO 80444.
Due to COVID-19 and family living in all parts of the country, a memorial service will be held at a date to be announced in the near future.

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Published in Clear Creek Courant from Nov. 25 to Dec. 16, 2020.
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December 22, 2020
I met Lee when he arrived in Durango, riding his Triumph 650 over Wolf Creek in a snow storm. He told he it was freaking cold and tricky riding. We had a great friendship at Ft. Lewis College. Sadly, over the years , we had only a few chances to reconnect, but when we did it was always great fun. He really enjoyed his work and life in Georgetown. His passing just made world a bit smaller for me..my most sincere condolences to his wife and family.
Timothy Moynahan
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December 6, 2020
Hello, Jeanne, We met Lee a long time back, we have been close friends of Jane's for many years. We knew how good Lee was at his work in Georgetown and how proud he was of his town and the history. We are so very sorry to read about his passing. Sending love and condolences, Maria and Tom Allison, Kenai AK
Maria and Tom Allison
Friend
November 22, 2020
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
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