Paul Ludwig, devoted husband, father, friend and adventurer, passed away December 22, 2016 after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was a friend to so many and infused energy into every situation. He was an athlete who loved physical challenges. Over his life he climbed 28 of Colorado’s 14er’s with his friend Steve Coates, who is waiting for Paul in Heaven. He also rode Colorado’s Ride the Rockies 14 times, rode the Triple Bypass and the Courage Classic events several times and was a skiing fanatic. He went sky-diving in Hawaii with his son Kris. With his beloved wife Stephanie, he ran 6 marathons, biked the MS 150 for many years and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Paul touched so many people with his magnetic personality, compassion and love of life. He had an enthusiastic joy of discovery and adventure, with a passion for travel. He and Stef created many memories with trips to London, Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam, Chile and Hawaii and made lifelong friends along the way. As a family they combined travel with charity work, helping to build a nursing home in Mexico.
He was kind, compassionate and was the consummate host. He and Stef loved a good party, and their house was often THE gathering place for the neighborhood, a holiday party, or just a small BBQ. He had an iron will that rarely failed him – he overcame many a challenge through sheer determination.
Paul was the baby of the family and was very close to his sister Janet and brother Karl. Though Paul was a successful businessman, he remained a humble upstate New York boy who loved his NY Jets.
Paul met Stef on a corporate running track in Houston. They moved to Colorado and were married on Snowmass Mountain – at the top of the Big Burn – on December 4, 1988. Their son Kris, now 27, was a professional skydiver in Hawaii. As soon as he learned of his father’s illness Kris and his girlfriend Kayla left their careers to move back to Colorado.
Paul was a career professional in the energy industry, starting as an intern with Conoco in 1981 and working his way to Director, Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs, US Marketing. In 2003 he moved to Suncor, managing stakeholder and government relations for the US. In 2010 he joined Linc Energy, managing global stakeholder, government and investor relations. In October 2015 he joined Carter Energy/World Fuel Services as a Sales Executive and was employed there until his death.
He was a member of many industry groups including the Colorado Petroleum Association, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. He was a dedicated volunteer as well, serving in several leadership positions including the executive committee of Metro North Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Colorado Petroleum Association and board chair of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. He was a 2008 graduate of Leadership Denver.
He earned many honors and awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver Chairman’s Award.
The cause closest to his heart was Special Olympics for which he volunteered for 36 years. In Colorado Paul served in many leadership roles including volunteer, board member and board chair. He was awarded the Special Olympics Hall of Fame Inductee for Outstanding Business Person for his support, leadership and dedication.
He spent the first two years of college at NY State University at Cobleskill, where he shared innumerable adventures and escapades with his “Coby gang” and began 40+ year friendships. He transferred to Arizona State University where he earned a degree in Business Administration in 1981.
Paul was born March 5, 1959 in Schenectady, New York to the late Barbara and Robert Ludwig. In addition to his wife Stephanie and his son Kris, Paul is survived by his sister Janet, brother Karl (Karen), nieces Katelyn, Bethany and nephew Ryan, his mother-in-law Barbara and father-in-law Keith (Brenda).
Donations can be made in Paul’s name to Wings of Hope Pancreatic Cancer Research at http://www.wingsofhopepcr.org.
The first Pedaling for Paul, an annual pancreatic cancer research fundraising bicycle ride, is planned for the spring/summer of 2017.
A memorial service is planned Saturday, January 7 at 11 am at Abiding Hope Church, 6337 S. Robb Way, Littleton, 80127. Lunch to follow.