Joe Coors, the oldest Coors of his generation, died from complications after surgery. He was 74. Most Republicans remember him from his race against Ed Perlmutter in 2012. Coors came up just short. But those who knew him remember his warm personality, sense of humor, and commitment to his faith.
Here are a few quotes that elected officials offered on Facebook in memory of Coors:
Rep. Mike Coffman: “I was honored to call Joe a friend. Most of all, I will miss his warm personality, his generosity, and his immense contributions to our state. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gail and the entire Coors family. Today, Colorado lost one of the good guys.”
Sen. Cory Gardner: “Today, Jaime and I mourn the passing of Joe Coors Jr., a dedicated family man whose love of Colorado will be missed. When I introduced Joe to other members of Congress when he ran for office, it wasn’t difficult to see he was a natural leader of our great state. Joe was passionate about Colorado, and although he had a great sense of humor, he was entirely serious about the future of our nation. Jaime and I are praying for the entire Coors family today, and I’ll always remember that Colorado is a better place because of Joe Coors Jr.”
Rep. Ed Perlmutter: “I’m sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a friend of mine and our family long before he challenged me in politics. He will be missed.”
Coors was the great-grandson of beer magnate Adolph Coors and the eldest son of Joe Sr. The Denver Post write-up offered a great view into Coors’ life.
Well done, good and faithful servant.