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David Paul F. Schumacher

Avid Train Enthusiast, Collector
David Paul F. Schumacher, 60, resident of Denver, Colorado and Saratoga, Wyoming, died in San Jose, California on July 2, 2007, following a short illness.
David was born May 30, 1947 in Arizona. He was raised in Hillsborough, California. As a child, David enjoyed many adventures, traveling extensively in Europe and Asia. In junior high school, he was a member of the debate team, a skill in which he excelled throughout his life. David was a graduate of the Thacher School in Ojai, California, Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas.
When David moved to Denver in 1978, he was a stockbroker. In the early to middle 1980s, David was employed by the Anschutz Corporation, ANSCO Private Railroad, where he served as the project manager for the reintroduction of the ski train. He oversaw the refurbishing and rebuilding of all the passenger and private railcars that are still in use today. David was devoted to the family-owned business known as the Meyers Land and Cattle Company, started by his maternal great-grandfather. He served as president of said company before his illness. Family heritage and the recording of family history was of primary importance to David. He was especially passionate about Brush Creek Ranch, the family working cattle and dude ranch, in Saratoga, Wyoming.
David was a dedicated volunteer and member of organizations such as: the Princeton Alumni Association, City Club of Denver, the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO, Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust, and assorted Denver civic affairs redevelopment projects. He was a Board of Trustee member of The Park People (Denver Parks and Recreation Foundation), Denver Rail Heritage Society, and Highlands Ranch Business Park.
David was an active member of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners (AAPRCO). David attended every convention and rode every special train put on by AAPRCO since 1984, and was a former owner of the "George Washington" private railcar. David was a serious collector of railroad memorabilia. The train tradition will continue with his beloved godsons William and Benjamin.
He is survived by his mother, Marietta, his brothers Paul and John, sister Shirin, one niece, 8 nephews, and three dogs Sammy, Nike, and Zephyr.
David had a unique gift of bringing people with many different interests together. He never compromised his personal freedom in his beliefs or actions. David will be sadly missed and remembered fondly by his many friends and business acquaintances.
A memorial will be held in honor of David at 10:30 a.m. on July 22, 2007, at the Eugene Field House, 715 S. Franklin Street, in Washington Park, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Park People, Denver, CO., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ., or the Thacher School, Ojai, California.

Published in Denver Post on July 15, 2007
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