Don Roth named citizen of year

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.City and school officials joined the guest of honor’s friends and family for the ceremonies naming Don Roth as Englewood’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.

“I am honored to be named Englewood’s Citizen of the Year,” the longtime resident said during the ceremonies. “I have looked at the list of others who have been named citizen of the year and it is a privilege to be named to that group.”

The May 13 celebration was held at Malley Senior Recreation Center. Mayor Randy Penn presented Roth a copy of the proclamation naming him citizen of the year, then talked about the significant contributions to the community Roth has made as he volunteered hundreds of hours serving as a member of city boards and commissions.

Friends and family related personal comments about Roth’s hobbies of collecting model trains and doing fine woodworking, as well relating humorous anecdotes.

Roth was born in Greeley and the family moved to Englewood in 1952. He attended school in Englewood and graduated from Englewood High School in 1966.

Roth continued his education at the University of Colorado in Boulder and earned his mechanical engineering degree.

“I got a job managing a company that rebuilt and repaired automotive electrical systems,” Roth said. “I was with the company for 37 years and retired in 2009.”

He said he began volunteering to serve the community in 1992 when he was asked to serve on the Clean, Green and Proud Committee.

“I sort of got nominated to serve on the committee when I went to the city with my comments that I thought they were considering a very bad plan, a new trash pickup system,” Roth said. “I agreed to the appointment and spent 12 years on the committee that eventually changed its name to the Keep Englewood Beautiful Committee.”

In 1997, he also accepted appointments as one of the original members of the Code Enforcement Advisory Committee. Roth helped the committee draft a recommended graffiti ordinance and worked on developing the proposal for the leash law that resulted in the creation of the city’s dog park.

Other community service included serving on the Englewood Urban Renewal Authority and serving 12 years on the city’s planning and zoning committee.

“I was on the planning and zoning committee when we were asked to help select the developer for CityCenter Englewood and a developer for the General Iron property,” he said. “I enjoyed my time on the committees and I am glad I was able to volunteer my time to serve our city.”

In 2007, a spinal disease resulted in Roth needing a wheelchair to get around. He said the wheelchair does present a challenge, but he still is able to volunteer on boards and commissions as well as continue his woodworking and other hobbies.

He said he never dreamed the city would name him citizen of the year.

“The honor came as a complete surprise,” he said. “I am humbled when I look at other citizens of the year and what they have done for Englewood. All I did was be willing to volunteer my time on boards and commissions over the last 22 years. Like so many residents, I volunteered because I wanted to make Englewood a better place for us to live.”

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