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Max Coppom

November 30, 1928 — April 13, 2017

Max Coppom, the beloved husband of Barbara Coppom, passed away on April 13th, 2017.

Max was born on February 17, 1929 to Reuben “Cop” and Mary Coppom in Sterling, Colorado. He earned his high school diploma from Gering (NE) High School in 1947.  He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1950 from the University of Denver. In the fall of 1948, while attending a fraternity fundraiser for Sigma Chi, he met his future wife, Barbara Burnside, and they married on June 9, 1951. Max later obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver in 1951.

Max served in the United States Air Force, and retired in 1971 from the Air Force Reserve as Major. Max ‘s professional career began in 1953 at West Nebraska General Hospital, now known as Regional West Medical Center, in Scottsbluff, NE. He was instrumental in contributing to the healthcare needs of the Scottsbluff community for twenty-seven years, twenty-six of which were as President of the hospital. His guidance and vision resulted in a new hospital building completed in 1967. His dedication and exemplary leadership resulted in several awards, including the Distinguished Citizen Award, the Trailblazer Award, and the “Citizen of the Century” Award. Max and Barbara moved to Boulder, CO in 1980. His love for healthcare brought him to the roles of Assistant Executive Director of the Boulder Community Hospital and then President of the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation. Following his first retirement in 1998, he accepted yet another leadership position as CEO of the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, where he served 3 years.

Max was truly one of a kind. He had a way of making every person feel like the most important person at that moment.  His reputation for integrity and generosity in all aspects of his life will be his continued legacy.

Max’s life of service was driven by his deep faith. He was a committed member and leader of the Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder. He was Lay Leader for two years, and his memorable service to the church was recognized in his 2016 Quiet Disciple Award.  Max also devoted his time to serve on the Boards of the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, Frasier Meadows Manor, and the Developmental Disabilities Center Foundation. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Conference United Methodist Foundation Inc., and the Boulder Rotary Club. Max was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for over fifty years.

In all of Max’s many accomplishments, he always cherished his time with his family, and was a constant source of support and wisdom. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Max is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Barbara; daughter Kathy Asta, daughter Cyndi and husband Rich Johnson, daughter Nancy Coppom and husband John Haskins; Grandson Christopher Asta and wife Jodi Kostelnik, Granddaughter Elizabeth Asta and husband Nathan Talley,  Granddaughter Leslie Haskins, Grandson Nathan Noterman and wife Angela Yataco Aguilar, Granddaughter Natalie and husband Rudy Rodriguez, Grandson Daniel Johnson, Granddaughter Catherine Johnson; and Great-granddaughter Lila Talley.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben “Cop” and Mary Coppom, and a brother, Rex Coppom.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place Boulder, CO 80303.
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