During the many years he lived and worked in Evergreen, Harold “Hal” Davidson made a positive impact on the community, said his son, Mark Davidson while reflecting on his father’s life. Davidson died June 17 at age 88.
He had lived in Evergreen since 1946 when he moved here with his family, who owned the former Davidson Lodge in Kittredge. When he was a young man, Hal’s family moved to Colorado from Ohio to help his asthmatic condition.
“I think Evergreen is a better place for his having lived here,” Mark Davidson said. “He was one of the few people who helped build this town.”
After buying a real estate business at age 24, Hal found that income was rather sparse from that enterprise, Mark said. Hal then ventured into the insurance business as well, which Mark now manages. Hal Davidson’s wife, Sue, also managed Davidson Insurance for two years after Hal was drafted into the Army when he was 27 years old.
After returning from military service, Hal joined the Evergreen Fire Department, in which he served until 1975. In addition to being a firefighter, Hal also served six terms of office as president of the volunteer fire department.
“Basically, in those days the volunteer fire department was essentially a separate organization,” said Mark, who also has many years of service as a firefighter.
Hal also became actively involved in Evergreen service organizations, Mark said.
“Work and civic organizations were his passion.”
Hal was a charter member of the Evergreen Kiwanis Club, serving as president and also as lieutenant governor of the Rocky Mountain district of Kiwanis. He served as president of the Evergreen Board of Realtors and the Jefferson County Insurance Association, and also was a director on the board of the Jefferson County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Although his father worked out a retirement plan when Mark assumed management of Davidson Insurance in 1988, he still came into the office every day, he said.
In the mid-1990s, Mark remembers Hal coming into the office and making an announcement that he was going to start taking one day a week off. But he never did.
“My father always remained active in the business,” saying, ‘I work for Mark,’ ” his son said.
The original building where Davidson Insurance was located was demolished in 2000 to correct a traffic problem at the intersection of Highways 73 and 74, said Mark.
Many people in Evergreen who knew Hal remember his gentle disposition and manner, as well as his dedication to the community.
“He was a kind person, and a true gentleman,” said Evergreen resident Richard Wheeler.
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