From sunrise to sunset on April 17, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis ordered for United States and Colorado flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings in honor of former Colorado State Senator Don Sandoval.
Sandoval passed away on April 7 at his home in Denver. Services in honor of him were held on April 17 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Denver.
“Don was a kind and thoughtful person. The short time I got to know him and the stories he shared of his family, friends and coworkers while we worked together on the Denver Zoning Board showed me what a genuine and caring person he was,” said Jim Keavney.
Sandoval leaves behind his wife Virginia they were married for 60 years, have four children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
“My condolences and sypmathies go out to the family. I can understand the void they must feel, because I have thought of Senator (Don Sandoval) often,” said Frank DeFilippo. “Don was a great legislator for Denver. He always looked after the people and was not afraid to go against the power in politics. His word was as good as gold, and he was trusted completely. One of the finest people I knew in politics. This world needs more Senator Don Sandovals.”
Sandoval, born on January 30 1935, was a State Senator for 15 years before he eventually joined former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb’s administration. His official title under Webb was “Assistant for International Trade and Economic Development.” He was in charge of enhancing business ties between Denver and Mexico, despite not speaking Spanish.
“I particularly remember lunches Don’s mother prepared and invited me to have lunch at their home. There was also a trip with friends that we made to Las Vegas, New Mexico and that skiing trip to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area for the first time,” said Larry Marquez. Lastly, I remember when he met his wife Virginia, who he was so in love with.”
Sandoval owned a restaurant and bar in west Denver called the Bull Ring Lounge at 3570 Morrison Road. He represented District 3 on Denver City Council and was the Senate Minority Caucus Leader.
“The Rockies games will never be the same without him in the crowd. I’m sure all of Denver will miss him knowing his countless number of friends he had,” said Richard Garcia.
“Don was such a nice person and was such a good, strong family man. Don was always ready to help those around him, he will truly be missed by all,” said Helen King.