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Bud Elliott, who served eight years as Leadville’s mayor and who was a well-loved – many say iconic – presence in the community, became Lake County’s first COVID-19-associated death, which was reported Feb. 22.

Bud Elliott was regarded by many as an icon in the Leadville community. Photo-Facebook

“Dad loved Leadville and all its people,” said his son Evan on Facebook. “After we arrived in Leadville in 1994, my dad spent the rest of his adult life working alongside many of you to strengthen our community. He worked as a small business owner, city council member, mayor and volunteer. Before that, he worked for many years as a nurse in Kansas City. Caring for people was my dad’s passion, and his last conversations with us were about his volunteer work, his concern for friends impacted by dangerous winter storms, and his love for his granddaughter.”

He said the family is planning to organize an outdoor event in honor of his father and that donations are welcome at St. George’s Church community meals program and the Advocates of Lake County.

“It is a very difficult day for the entire Lake County community as we face this tragic loss of life… We send our deepest condolences to all who are impacted by this loss,” shared Lake County Public Health Agency Director Colleen Nielsen. “This sad news reinforces our commitment to work together even more closely to protect our beloved community from the negative impacts of COVID-19.”

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