Donald Hagen, local accountant, has died
Vail, CO Colorado
Donald George Hagen, an accountant who lived in the Vail Valley for 34 years, has died of cancer at his Singletree home. He was 61.
Hagen grew up in Waukegan, Ill. He went to the University of Illinois, where he earned a degree in accounting and played football with NFL hall-of-famer Dick Butkus.
He married Diane Langlois, whom he met on a blind date, in 1967. By 1969, the Hagen family had grown to five after the birth of twins Jeanne and Sandra, and a year later, daughter Amy.
Hagen moved his family to Vail in 1973. He worked at the Mountain Haus for six years before starting his own accounting firm in 1980.
Family members say Hagen’s clients might be shocked to learn that he spent major holidays playing poker with his daughters until late at night or playing pool with his grandsons and sons-in-law.
Hagen and his family were frequent visitors to Piney Lake, family members said.
Hagen also was an avid golfer, fly fisherman, skier and photographer. He and his daughter, Jeanne, developed photos in the family’s darkroom, family members said.
Hagen also photographed Battle Mountain High School’s football, volleyball, track and skiing teams. His daughters, Sandra and Amy, were alpine racers and Jeanne was on the Nordic team.
Hagen is survived by his wife, Diane; daughters Jeanne (kurt) Desautels of Lakewood, Colo., Sandra (David) Hagen Solin of Conifer, Colo., and Amy Hagen (Aliou Kone) of New York City; grandsons Leo, Jonathan and Luke; brother Ron (Nikki) Hagen of Gurnee, Ill.; sisters Arlene Pluta (Rick Hiser) of Waukegan and Georgia (Robert) Norbutas of Los Gatos, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. Parking at the chapel is reserved for clergy and family; guests are asked to park in the Vail or Lionshead parking garages. Interment will take place at Vail Memorial Park this spring.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vail Valley Home Health and Mountain Hospice, 569-7455.
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