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Mike Nachazel, former Grand Lake chamber director, dies at 78

Mike Nachazel

Mike Nachazel, former chamber director and champion of Grand Lake, died June 22. He was 78.

For five years, Nachazel spent his days working hard to ensure Grand Lake had a strong community and business climate. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Grand Lake in 1998 after Nachazel first retired from his longtime job as an educator at Aurora Public Schools.

“Indeed, his hard work and dedication to Grand Lake is one of the reasons we have such a great chamber and community today,” said Mike Thompson, a Grand Lake resident.

Thompson acknowledged Mary, Nachazel’s wife of 55 years, as a fellow integral part of the success of the Grand Lake chamber.

“They would ruthlessly enlist the help of all their friends to ensure the success of Grand Lake events. In spite of that, Mike and Mary were able to maintain and expand their friendships,” he said.

Nachazel moved back to the Denver area and came out of retirement in 2004. He returned to his job at Aurora schools, where he worked for a total of 51 years.

Nachazel, who just recently stopped working, had broken a leg that led to an infection, ultimately causing his death. He is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

There will be a celebration of Nachazel’s life at 3 p.m. Friday at Grace Presbyterian Church in Highlands Ranch.

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