Bon voyage to Vern and Vicki

Farewell party for philanthropy power couple

Staff report
Posted 10/20/21

There are power couples, and then there is the Wagners. Over the last 50 years, Vern And Vicki Wagner have had such a positive impact on the Golden community that when word got out that the two were …

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Bon voyage to Vern and Vicki

Farewell party for philanthropy power couple

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There are power couples, and then there is the Wagners.

Over the last 50 years, Vern And Vicki Wagner have had such a positive impact on the Golden community that when word got out that the two were moving to Montrose to be closer to family, plans began for a farewell celebration to mark their importance. The Golden Civic Foundation, Golden Chamber of Commerce, Golden Visitors & Information Center and Mayor Laura Weinberg teamed up to help throw the party, honoring the professional and philanthropic contributions the Wagners have made.

“They’re great people, we really had a good turnout.” Julie Bartos with the Golden Civic Foundation said, following the festivities.

The pair were honored on Oct. 14 on the Visitors Center patio, with Mayor Weinberg officially proclaming it “Vern & Vicki Wagner Day.”

“Volunteerism is a core Golden value and Vern and Vicki have led the way for decades,” said Mayor Weinberg. “The quality of a community is determined by the quality of its members’ contributions. These two have been involved in so many aspects of our Golden community and helped make the city the special place it is today.”

According to the Golden Civic Foundation the dynamic couple married in 1958, and moved with their three children to Golden in 1968 when Vern, a U.S. Army veteran and power line construction lineman, accepted a can line mechanic position at Adolph Coors Co. Vern climbed the ranks and eventually retired from Coors as Director of Technical Services after a 28-year career. Also known in Golden as the “tractor guy,” Vern ran his John Deere in nearly every parade in Golden, often giving rides at events. For many years, Wagner and his tractor were in the annual Golden Christmas Parade and Buffalo Bill Parade and he was also given the honor of hauling the giant birthday cake in Golden’s 150th Anniversary Parade. Vern was also active with the Farmers Market for many years.

In addition to being “Mom” to their three children, Vicki, began her volunteer efforts with their children’s school activities and committees, Boy and Girl Scouts, and as a Sunday School Teacher. As the children grew up, she transitioned to serving on city boards and commissions including the Citizens Action Team, Golden Urban Renewal Authority, Leadership Golden, Golden Good Government League, Golden Visitor’s & Information Center and others. Her focus also included support for the business and events side of Golden including the Golden Chamber of Commerce and the Farmers Market, as an auction “superstar” volunteer for the Golden Civic Foundation, on the hiring committee for the Golden Police Department and as “Chief Gardener” for the Visitors Center’s spectacular gardens.

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