Leonard Michael Perlmutter(1925 - 2018)

Leonard Michael Perlmutter,
born October 16, 1925 to Phil
and Belle Perlmutter in Denver,
Colorado died July 8, 2018 in
Denver. Leonard (or "Len" or
"Laz" as he was known to many)
was married for 66 years to his
college sweetheart Alice and
they had three children Ed
(Nancy), Joe, and Cassie (Joe
Levi), six grandchildren (Alexis,
Abby, Zoe, Ian, Aaron and Braden) and one
great-granddaughter (Lily). He was predeceased
by his mother and father, his sister
Ann Reinstein, brother Jack, and sister Roz
Laz was a lifelong Coloradan and lived in
Denver and Jefferson County. He attended
Colfax Elementary, Lake Junior High,
West High School and the University of
Colorado at Boulder. He played all manner
of sports from baseball to tennis to skiing
to squash and handball. As a kid, he fished
pretty much every stream Colorado has to
Laz was a true citizen of the West in business
and civic matters. In 1951, with family
members and a close friend, he helped
start and build Perlmutter and Sons, a
prestressed and precast concrete company.
In 1952, the company bought property
at 58th and Pecos in Adams County.
Perlmutter and Sons became Prestressed
Concrete of Colorado before eventually
becoming Stanley Structures, which
spanned the Rocky Mountain West, Texas,
Arizona and Canada, and employed more
than 2,000 people. Laz served as CEO of
Stanley Structures for many years. It was
a union business from top to bottom and
was instrumental in building thousands
of structures including airports, resorts,
roads and bridges, federal and state installations
and laboratories, military bases,
apartments, warehouses, office buildings,
shopping centers, and hospitals. Laz also
served as Chairman of the international
trade and standards organization, Prestressed/
Precast Concrete Institute.
Laz was a dedicated ambassador for
National Jewish Health for more than 40
years. He became a member of the Board
of Directors in 1978 and served in a variety
of key leadership roles, including as Chairman
of the Board of Directors from 1983 to
1986. He was on the Executive
Committee of the Board since
1980 and was a Lifetime Director.
He also served as the head
of Economic Development in
the Roy Romer Administration,
founder and lifetime member of
the Colorado Forum, President
of Colorado Open Lands, and
Board Member of the
Foundation for Colorado
Community Colleges.
Laz was very involved in Jefferson
County, serving as Board Member of
the Foothills Art Center; Trustee of the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory;
President of Reed Street Elementary and
Wheat Ridge Junior High PTA's; and precinct
committee man and district captain
for the Democratic Party in Jefferson
He was an early member of Rolling Hills
Country Club and presided over the move
from the original location (now Applewood
Golf Course) and the construction of
the new club and golf course on the north
flank of South Table Mountain. He was a
member of RHCC for well over 50 years.
He was a fixture on the tennis courts at
the club and was known for his big, slicing
lefthanded serve.
He loved and respected everyone,
no matter their station in life or their
background. He had time for everyone,
especially his family and friends. Laz was
a Democrat from the top of his head to the
tips of his toes. Even so he had friends all
over the political spectrum.
He was egalitarian and communityminded.
He loved Denver, CU, the Rocky
Mountains and the West. He had a great
sense of humor with a big wide smile and a
twinkle in his eye for just about everyone.
He was a great Coloradan and a wonderful
husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather,
uncle and cousin. Laz's passing will
leave a void in the lives of many, however
his guidance, love, and good works will
never be lost.
To send condolences or learn more about
Leonard Perlmutter, please visit the Feldman
Mortuary website.

Funeral Home

Feldman Mortuary
1673 York Street Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7764

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from July 17 to Aug. 16, 2018