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Charlie Meyers dies at 72

Influential outdoors writer Charlie Meyers, 72, died Jan. 5 due to complications from lung cancer. Meyers, an OWAA member since 1968, covered hunting, fishing and skiing for The Denver Post for more than four decades. He joined the paper’s sports staff in February 1966 and became the ski reporter in 1977. Meyers covered six Winter Olympics and was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1993. Six years later, he won the International Ski Federation’s FIS Journalist Award, becoming one of only four Americans to win the accolade.
In 1997, Meyers left the ski beat to write about the outdoors, earning a reputation for getting to the truth of public-policy issues like water rights and resource protection.
“Charlie would hit you square between the horns,” Rick Enstrom, former Division of Wildlife commissioner, told The Denver Post. “He daylighted things that used to operate behind the veil. Charlie has been the moral compass for the second-largest business in the state of Colorado for generations. We operated under Charlie’s careful eye, and Colorado is better for it.”
Meyers, who was born in Sicily Island, La., was also a noted photographer. He is survived by his wife, Dianna; sons Kirk and Kevin; daughters Lisa Lucero and Kara Hardin; granddaughters Lauren Wood, Morgan Daughety and Cleo Hardin; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Daughety; and stepson Eric Lutzens and stepdaughter Lori Morgan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone wishing to make a donation in Charlie’s name send it to Colorado Trout Unlimited, 1320 Pearl St., Suite 320, Boulder, CO 80302; or the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216. ◊
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