Jack Zelkin of Castle Pines, Colo., formerly of St. Louis Park, Minn. and Denver, passed away on Nov. 12, 2019, in Denver. He was 81. Cantor Elizabeth Sacks and Rabbi Scott M. Sokol officiated at the Nov. 15 graveside service at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Jack inspired each person he met, often breaking the ice by looking you in the eye, smiling brightly, shaking your hand and saying, ‘Hi, I’m Jack, and I’m a good man,’” the family said.
Mr. Zelkin was born on Nov. 17, 1937 in Denver to Abe and Sylvia Zelkin.
He graduated North High School and earned degrees in finance and marketing at CU Boulder.
During his career, he worked with Frontier Airlines, Public Service Co. of Colorado, Nortwest Mortgage National Division, Village Homes of Colorado, Excel Energy and North American Title.
Mr. Zelkin was the first non-realtor in Colorado history to receive the Colorado Association of Realtors’ presidential distinguished service award.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Mr. Zelkin to the Colorado Mental Health Task Force to improve the state’s efforts to help the mentally ill both inside and outside the correctional system.
A member of the Air Force Reserves, he also belonged to the Kiwanis Club of Castle Rock.
Mr. Zelkin is survived by his wife June Siverston Zelkin; brother and sister-in-law Howard and Deanie Zelkin; former wife Penne Berenberg; children Wendi Zelkin (Rick) Rosenstein, Tammi Zelkin (Stephen) Wiesner, Chad (Eimelda) Zelkin and Jamie Zelkin (Milt) Murphy; and grandchildren Matthew and Brett Rosenstein, Millie and Sam Wiesner, Jeremy and Abby Zelkin and Carson and Genevieve Murphy.
The family prefers that contributions be made to Heart Mind Connect, which supports mental health wellness, provides critically needed mental health services and beds.
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