Former Board of Education member and Westminster High School graduate Bob Landgraf was remembered by the community he loved last Saturday. He was revered as a “great man, mentor and leader,” during a memorial service at Ciancio’s Restaurant at Hyland Hills.
Landgraf died on March 28th after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His illness and death caught many by surprise, which is the way he wanted it. “He didn’t want people feeling sorry for him,” said his son Bobby. Landgraf was just 70 years old.
Bobby and his brother Scott arranged the loving tribute which they insisted be a “celebration of his life.” To help make the point, the tables for the guests were covered with Skittles, Heath Bars and Starburst candies, Bob’s favorites.
“The world lost one of its best,” said son Scott during remarks that recounted Landgraf’s life which was filled with enormous joy and success, but also sadness from the loss of an infant daughter, Traci Marie and the early death of his beloved wife, Vicki.
An overflowing crowd filled the room and heard how much Landgraf loved his grandchildren, Trevor and Taylor and followed their athletic competitions with the same love and intensity he had for his two sons.
Landgraf was a standout athlete at Westminster High School where he played football, baseball and wrestled. After graduating in 1962, he joined the Plumbers Local Union #3 and after completing his apprenticeship and journeyman programs he earned his Master Plumbers license.
He became a partner at Dyer & Landgraf Plumbing and in 1972, at just 28 years of age, he founded Landgraf Plumbing. His son Scott estimates that over the years, the company employed 500 people, many of whom he viewed as members of his family.
Landgraf never forgot where he came from.
In 1977, just 33 years old at the time, voters elected him to the Adams County School District 50 Board of Education where he served two very successful terms. He later led campaigns to raise needed tax revenues for the District.
In 2011, with District 50 facing academic and financial challenges, Landgraf returned to the Board of Education.
“I don’t think you can overstate Bob’s importance to District 50,” said Superintendent Pam Swanson. “He had enormous credibility with the community and brought wisdom, a sense of priorities and yes, some humor to the Board of Education. He was exactly what this community needed at a critical moment in its history.”
In the spring of 2014, Landgraf decided to truly enjoy his well-deserved retirement and moved to a home outside of district boundaries, requiring him to resign from the Board of Education. His fellow board members paid tribute to him in the video you can see below.
The honors continued in the fall of 2014 when was awarded the prestigious McGuffey Award for outstanding service to public education by the Colorado Association of School Boards.
In lieu of flowers please make any donations in honor of Bob Landgraf to: The Hyland Hills Foundation, 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights, CO 80260.