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Emmett Haywood

Emmett Lee Haywood

Friday, May 28th, 1937 - Sunday, August 11th, 2019
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The most lovely light in our world has dimmed forever. Emmett Lee Haywood, most recently of Erie, CO, passed away suddenly at home the morning of August 11, 2019. Emmett was born 82 years ago on May 28, 1937 to Emmett William and Corinne McAlister Haywood in the small ranching community of Cuero, TX and grew up enjoying the privilege and responsibilities of the ranching life. On the occasion of his birth, he was presented with a saddle by his maternal grandfather, Lee McAlister, and so spent many days on horseback; a true cowboy! Emmett was proud of his African American heritage. He was born in the time if segregation and so attended Daule School in Cuero, a small school for “coloreds” and went on to graduate from Cuero Colored H.S. in 1955. He attended Prairie View College in TX for one year and then transferred to Kansas State University, graduating with a BA in 1960. He served with distinction in the U.S. Army from 1961-1964. His last assignment was as a clerk to the base commander at Inchon, South Korea. Emmett was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 5. He met and married Jo Frances Lee in 1964. They later divorced in 1983.

Emmett continued his college education at the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Regional and City Planning in 1966 He and Jo Frances moved to Boulder, Colorado following graduation as he had accepted a position with the city’s Planning Dept. Emmett was an integral part of the conception and execution of the plans for the Pearl Street Mall. He left Boulder briefly in 1968 to accept a position with Kansas City, MO Planning Dept., but returned in 1969 having been hired by Redco (Resource Development Corp.), consulting with communities on redevelopment plans along the Front Range, and in New Mexico and Texas. Emmett also worked with the 1960 social programs initiated the Great Society during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, especially by helping communities establish and implement community action programs as a part of the War on Poverty. In 1971 he began his 30 year+ career with the Dept of HUD, Region VIII in Denver. (Region VIII includes the states if Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.) He initially assisted the Regional Planning Officer in the Office of Metropolitan Planning and Development. In 1972 he became Director in the Comprehensive Planning Assistance Division, Office of Community Planning and Development and served as HUD regional liaison with the planning divisions of the EPA, the Federal Highway Administration, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration and the River Basins Commissions in Region VIII. Emmett retired from HUD in 2002. During his tenure with HUD, Emmett also taught an evening graduate level class on urban planning at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to his work as an urban planner Emmett served on the boards of many foundations. Among them were the Denver Zoological Foundation, the Louisville, CO Library, the Community Foundation of Boulder, and most recently, the board of Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder.

Emmett loved to play golf! His “happy place” was always on a golf course and he felt privileged to have played on so many of the world’s most famous courses in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales, as well as in the U.S. His favorite course was always been Royal Dornoch in northern Scotland. Emmett also loved to travel and enjoyed many trips to Europe. Most often when traveling in the U.S., the destinations would include several gold courses. Ha also enjoyed visiting the national parks, Canada and Mexico. He loved music, particularly jazz and blues and had an extensive LP collection. But next to golf, Emmett was a passionate and eclectic reader and used the libraries extensively.

Emmett was a proud loving father of Eric William Haywood, currently of Seattle, WA and Kirsten Lee Haywood, who lives in Denver. He married Joan Alcorn Hohlfelder on August 13, 1994 and became the proud and loving stepfather to Joan’s son, Andrew C. Hohfelder of Boulder, CO. He and Joan lived in Louisville, CO for 27 years but moved to a patio home community in Erie in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Joan, son Eric, daughter-in-law Brei Abercrombie Haywood, his daughter Kirsten, stepson Andrew and daughter-in-law Jennifer Jordan Hohfelder as well as 6 grandchildren. Also still living is his brother, Charles Haywood, of Houston, TX, his niece Sonya Cebron also of Houston and niece Suneece Eagleton of Plano, TX. Town cousins are also still living: Abe Haywood of Riverside, CA and Berna Tucker of Dallas.

A celebration if Emmett’s remarkable life will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 4:00pm at Colorado National Golf Club (One of his happy places!) in Erie, CO.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 4:00pm
    Colorado National Golf Club
    2700 Vista Parkway
    Erie, Colorado 80516
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Emmett's favorite charities were American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) TRU Community Care Hospice, Food Bank of the Rockies, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Emergency Family Assistance (EFAA), Planned Parenthood of Boulder and Denver, The Community Foundation/Serving Boulder County and the Boulder, Denver,Erie, Lafayette and Louisville Public Libraries.


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Conrad Jones

Posted at 10:16pm
Joan and Family
I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are for you and your family. Remember God will be with you and will see you through. Also remember that weeping will endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalms 30:5)

Conrad Jones

Daniel Booth

Posted at 06:54pm
Emmett's family might not be familiar with his men's bible class in Boulder, known affectionately as the Friday Freaks. It continues even after the loss of many members, including its originating sponsor and host, G. Lane Earnest. We are saddened to know that we will no longer experience the joy of his smile, intelligence, integrity and truly fascinating and heroic life story to continue to enrich our group. I know that as many Freaks as are able will honor his memory at the celebration Sept. 28th.

Cherry Landen

Posted at 05:47am
Joan we are so very, very sorry to hear about Emmett; Our prayers are with you, we miss you; If there is anything I can do, just call write.

DeWayne Drummond

Posted at 09:18pm
Oh Joan, so sorry to hear this about Emmett. Have not know the two of you very long, but always enjoyed exercising with the two of you in the Friday class at the Rec center and talking afterwards.
Thinking of you,

Dora DeVan

Posted at 07:54pm
Joan, Eric, Kirsten and the Haywood Family,
Emmett and I worked at HUD. After his retirement, we sometimes met for lunch to update each other about our families. Richard and I received his annual Christmas Letters about your travels and visits to see your children and grandchildren who he so dearly loved. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. May God give you strength for your journey without him and allow him to heal your broken hearts. Remember, He has promised to never leave you or abandon you. You remain in our prayers.
Love, Richard and Dora DeVan

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