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TCL > June 2014 Issue > In Memoriam

June 2014       Vol. 43, No. 6       Page  69
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In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section lists the name and date of birth and death (where available) of attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career and civic accomplishments. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at tracyr@cobar.org.


Malcom D. Crawford
August 29, 1920–May 6, 2014

F. Ray DeGood
March 27, 1935–April 8, 2014

Peter C. Guthery
May 9, 1937–March 27, 2014

Jay Horowitz
February 17, 1943–April 30, 2014

William O. Lamm
August 31, 1931–2014

Clyde E. Milligan
January 5, 1920–May 4, 2014

Jeffrey S. Mintz
December 11, 1963–April 10, 2014

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Tributes

Peter C. Guthery

Peter C. Guthery passed away on March 27, 2014 after a short illness. Peter was born in London, England on May 9, 1937. His parents lived in Dresden, Germany, and fled to Switzerland after having been ordered by the Gestapo to appear the next morning. During the Blitzkrieg and after intelligence indicated that Hitler intended to invade Great Britain, Peter’s mother and sister took a small Canadian troop ship to the United States, one of only two ships in the convoy that survived the Atlantic crossing.

Peter grew up in New York City and attended Columbia College and the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a JAG officer and a nuclear launch officer, and then moved to Denver to begin his career as an attorney. He later returned to New York to earn an LLM in Taxation at New York University.

Peter became a nationally renowned practitioner representing tax-exempt organizations. He was active in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Committee on Exempt Organizations, and was on a first-name basis with most of the key IRS national and local personnel working in the Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities Division of the IRS. For twenty years, Peter chaired the Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado.

Peter was one of the founding members of the law firm of Pendleton, Sabian and Guthery, and later of the firm of Wade Ash Woods Hill & Guthery, P.C. He practiced for fourteen years in partnership with Stephen Rickles as Guthery & Rickles, P.C., and retired from the practice of law on his 75th birthday, seven years after he and Steve joined Berenbaum Weinshienk PC.

Peter was a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a member and Past Chair of the CBA’s Tax Law Section, and a member of numerous other professional groups. He also was a former adjunct professor of the Graduate Program in Taxation at the University of Denver College of Law.

In addition to his numerous professional accomplishments, Peter was very involved over a period of many years with Temple Sinai, and sang in its choir. He loved travel, music, baseball, good food, and good company. No one in Peter’s vicinity stayed a stranger for long.

He is survived by his wife Jean Van De Polder Guthery, MD; his three children from his first marriage, Karen, Debbie, and Steve; his daughter Lisa from his marriage to Jean; and five grandchildren.

Peter was a wonderful parent, grandparent, mentor, and friend, and an icon in the tax law community in Denver. He will be deeply missed.

—Submitted by Berenbaum Weinshienk PC

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Jeffrey S. Mintz

Cavalier and gallant, judicious and impervious, nurturing and protecting, Jeffrey Samuel Mintz, 50, died April 10, 2014, at home with his loving family. He was born on December 11, 1963 in Livermore, California to Michael D. Mintz and Enid D. Baker, both meeting him now at heaven’s gate. Jeff grew up in Edison, New Jersey, but home was in the mountains of Colorado. He was an alumnus of J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey. He graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a degree in Political Science, and from Samford University Law. Jeff was licensed and practiced law in New Jersey, New York, and Colorado.

As the owner of two businesses, Griffin Sports Bar & Grill and Knosh’s Deli, Jeff touched many lives and made many friends. He loved making people smile with good food. It was at Knosh’s that you would find Jeff chatting up the customers, with his wife Kimberly and their girls "helping dad" in the kitchen.

Jeff was an inspiration to everyone around him as a gladiator against cancer. An avid outdoorsman, he loved big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing. Big elk and giant tuna made his adrenalin rush. He was an active supporter of the Orchard of Hope and was a volunteer firefighter with the Griffin Ranch Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by Kimberly, their children Micha and Kayleigh, and his stepchildren Kamri and Andrew; three sisters Debbie Cramer, Penni Vera, and Lisa Tenenbaum; and his best friend and "brother" from college Anthony Meluso, his life-long brother and best friend Kevin Richmond, and his life-long "Bubba" Pete Chang.

A private family service will be held at a later date to scatter his ashes. A trust has been set up for Jeff’s children in lieu of flowers. Please contact Debbie Cramer at forjeffsgirls@gmail.com for donations in his honor.

He will be greatly missed. Jeff, our beloved, go rest high on that mountain.

—Submitted by Kimberly Mintz

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