Longtime Denver Republican stalwart Carolyn Jean Metzler passed away on July 24 after a long illness. Fortunately, her friends and family got to shower her with love up to the time of her death. And in 2011, the Lincoln Club of Colorado displayed their affection by bestowing on her their lifetime achievement award. Carolyn was honored for her indefatigable efforts, including providing tireless guidance and “moral support” for Denver Republican candidates — “no easy task,” county GOP chair Danny Stroud cracked back then.
“One person cannot possibly achieve what many can achieve, and there are many people in this room that, if I have achieved anything, it is with their help,” Metzler said at the time. She added a friendly warning to the crowd: “If we don’t figure out how to work together, together we will fail. So let’s work on working together instead of in opposition where we don’t all agree on the issues.”
That exemplary “can do” attitude was discernable throughout her 78 years of life.
Stephanie Shulman, one of Carolyn’s lovely daughters, worked at The Colorado Statesman in the mid and late 1970s. Carolyn, at the time, was running an electrical company with her husband and was an active volunteer for many Republican causes. Her work ethic was noted several times during her memorial service at Caitlin’s restaurant in east Denver a couple weeks ago.
A host of family and friends gathered to remember Carolyn. Numerous tributes were offered including a touching remembrance from a granddaughter who used to attend Denver Broncos football games with her grandmother. Former state Rep. Dorothy Gotlieb of Denver read a beautiful essay. Former state Sen. Ken Kester offered glowing remarks about Carolyn, who served as his legislative aide. Jealous colleagues, Kester noted, frequently threatened to steal her away.
Denver GOP counsel Harry Arkin, at the 2011 Lincoln Club dinner, offered testament to her penchant for detail and her long hours on work on behalf of the party.
Carolyn is survived by her children Stacey Metzler, Jeffrey J. Metzler, Stephanie Shulman; grandchildren Sara, Alison, Kevin, Lauren, Sadie, Ryan, Charlie; great-grandchildren Brandon, Jacob, Leila, Peyton, and one-on-the-way.