Leonard Perlmutter

Leonard Perlmutter

1925 - 2018

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Obituary of Leonard Perlmutter

Leonard Michael Perlmutter, father of rep. Ed Perlmutter and head of the Office of Economic Development under Gov. Roy Romer, died July 8. He was 92.

“I lost my best friend and Colorado lost a truly great citizen,” Ed Perlmutter, a six-term Democratic representative in Congress from the state’s suburban 7th district, said in a statement. “Laz was an inventor and an innovator. He had a great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye for just about everyone. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and cousin. His passing will leave a void in the lives of many, however his guidance, love and good works will never be lost.”

A native Coloradan, Leonard Perlmutter attended the University of Colorado and was known for his widespread civic engagement. He was one of the original members of the Colorado Forum and spent four decades serving with the organization.

Gail Klapper, president of the Colorado Forum, remembered Perlmutter for his ability to navigate difficult situations and strike a compromise between disagreeing parties.

“He was very small in stature but in many ways he was a giant.,” Klapper said. “He would never be the first person to speak. He would always be the one to listen to everyone and he would have the magic tonic everyone was looking for. So I remembered him as a magician, the man who found the solutions when things looked intractable.”

Perlmutter knew how to respectfully oppose others, Klapper said, and was always constructive in offering criticisms. When his close friend and neighbor of 16 years, Joe Coors, decided to run against his son, Leonard Perlmutter sustained a friendly rivalry with his neighbor.

Alongside relatives and a friend, he founded Prestressed Concrete of Colorado. The company eventually merged with Stanley Tool Company and came to be known as Stanley Structures. Perlmutter served as CEO of Stanley Structures.

Steve Cooper, a long-time employee at Prestressed Concrete of Colorado, described Perlmutter as “a working man’s friend.”

“It didn’t matter who you were,” Cooper said. “You’ve could’ve been employed there for one week and you could talk to the CEO no matter how busy he was, no matter how small of a problem he had. He had a knack in having your back and you could count on him no matter who you were.”

Perlmutter is survived by his wife Alice and his three children Ed, Joe and Cassie.

Service, 10am, Thursday, Temple Emanuel with interment to follow at Emanuel Cemetery; Contributions to charity of choice or flowers may be sent or one may do both.


Service Information

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Temple Emanuel
51 Grape St
Denver, Colorado, United States

Interment Information

Emanuel Cemetery
430 S. Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado, United States

Shiva & Condolence Information

Friday at the home of Cassie & Joe: 110 Elm St. Denver, CO 80220; from 10:00am until 5:00pm; Sunday at the home of Alice: 400 E. 3rd Ave.#1103 Denver, CO 80203; from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.