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July 2010       Vol. 39, No. 7       Page  107
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys and members of the legal community


Brad D. Bailey


Brad D. Bailey, 52, died May 26, 2010, at his home in Evergreen after a short but fierce battle with advanced metastatic melanoma. Brad was born on April 26, 1958 in Denver. He was the oldest of three children. Brad graduated with a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University in 1980 and earned his JD from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 1983. He married Deborah Jones Bailey on May 23, 1981.

Brad was the law clerk for the Honorable William F. Dressel of the Larimer County District Court from 1983 to 1985. He served as Assistant, Deputy, and Acting City Attorney for the City of Longmont from 1985 to 1992; County Attorney for the County of Clear Creek from 1992 to 1999; and Assistant and Acting City Attorney for the City of Littleton from 1999 to 2008. Brad was past president and vice president of the Attorney’s Section of the Colorado Municipal League and the Metro City Attorneys Association. He was Coordinating Editor of government and administrative law articles for The Colorado Lawyer, and was an active member of the Colorado Bar Association.

In 2004, Brad was named Outstanding Assistant City Attorney by the Metro City Attorneys Association, in part for his participation in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Littleton v. Z.J. Gifts. In 2008, he was honored with the inaugural Amicus Service Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association for the amicus curiae brief drafted on behalf of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, National League of Cities, and the County Sheriffs of Colorado for the U.S. Supreme Court case The Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales.

Beyond the legal profession, Brad took great pleasure in the lives of his daughters, Lauren Taylor and Mackenzie Grace. He enjoyed chaperoning their field trips, helping with their class projects, and serving as a USA Swimming Official at their swim meets. He was an avid outdoorsman who shared his love of fly fishing, hunting, camping, and bicycling with his family. Brad also was an active member of Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Evergreen, where he served as past congregational president, vice president, treasurer, and delegate to district conventions.

In addition to his beloved wife and daughters, Brad is survived by his parents, B.D. and Carol Kettner Bailey of Sierra Vista, Arizona; and his sisters Kelly Bailey McCray of Bend, Oregon and Wendy Bailey of Boston, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts and memorials be sent to The Bailey Trust, Sooper Credit Union, 5005 W. 60th Ave., Arvada, CO 80003. This trust was established by colleagues in the Colorado Municipal League and International Municipal Lawyers Association to help support the educational needs of Brad’s daughters, two of the most precious joys and loves in his life.

—Submitted by Deborah Bailey

Charles W. Kreager


Charlie Kreager, 96, died May 2, 2010, in Sterling, where he practiced law for sixty years (1937–97), except for the four years he served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1942–45) during World War II. He attended the University of Colorado (CU) for undergraduate work and law school. He received his JD in 1937 and began his legal career in Sterling with Sauter & Sandhouse.

After WWII, Charlie was with the firm of Munson & Sauter, until Raymond Sauter was appointed district judge. The firm became Munson & Kreager. Law firms he led were: Kreager & Sublett (with Ben D. Sublett); Kreager, Sublett & Dowis (with Graydon F. Dowis); and Kreager & Dowis. Charlie concluded his career as a sole practitioner. He was senior vice president of the Colorado Bar Association from 1959 to 1960, and he served on the Supreme Court Pattern Jury Instruction Committee for twenty-five years. He was an excellent lawyer, intelligent and quick-witted, with high energy and drive in his life and law practice.

Charlie was born at home, during a blizzard, in Crook on December 1, 1913. He attended school in Crook through high school. He was a track star in high school and at CU. In 1931, he won the high school state half-mile race. While at CU, he tried out for the 1932 Olympics.

He is survived by three grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. His attorney registration number was 2000.

—Submitted by Graydon F. Dowis, atty. reg. no. 2001

Clyde Martz

Clyde Martz, distinguished attorney and beloved father and husband, passed away at home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 18, 2010, after a long illness. The son of Clyde and Elizabeth Martz, he was born August 14, 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He grew up there with his mother and older brother Robert, his father having died before his birth.

He was a member of the Innocents Senior Honorary Society, as well as editor of the school paper and president of his fraternity at the University of Nebraska. He attended Harvard Law School, interrupted by service as an officer on the submarine USS Tilefish during World War II. He married Ann Spieker in 1947 and they were inseparable until her death in 2004.

They moved to Boulder and Clyde began teaching at the University of Colorado (CU) Law School, where he wrote the first casebook of natural resources law. He became a founder of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and was a guest professor at several other law schools. After fifteen years as a professor at CU, he joined the Davis Graham and Stubbs law firm.

He practiced law for twenty-five years. During this time, he served as Assistant Attorney General for Lands and Resources under President Lyndon B. Johnson; Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado; and as the Solicitor of the Department of Interior under President Jimmy Carter. He argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also taught at University of Denver Law School and was one of the founders of the CU Natural Resources Law Center. He was an exemplary and memorable teacher, mentor, counselor, and advocate for clients, attorneys, and students throughout his long career. In a very real way, he was a father of natural resources law in this country.

He is survived by his children Robert and Nancy, his daughter-in-law Charlotte, and his grandchildren Colin and Julia. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and his beloved wife Ann.

Clyde had prodigious energy and creativity for every part of his life. He worked incredibly hard to accomplish so much professionally, and just as energetically found time to take his family camping, skiing, boating, rafting, and hiking. He climbed the Third Flatiron and the Grand Teton with his son, and rode horses with his daughter. He built innumerable gardens and ponds. He was a creative and prolific carpenter, building several additions to the family’s home by himself. He travelled with Ann to more than forty countries.

—Submitted by John Wayne Miller

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth, and date of death of recently deceased attorneys and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed above, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Tributes will be published as space is available and the publication schedule allows and may be edited. Photographs are welcomed. Send information to Tracy Rackauskas at

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