Mike (Meyer) Licht, former Denver city auditor and past treasurer of BMH-BJ, passed away March 27, 2019. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone officiated at the private burial on March 31 at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.
A memorial service followed at Har HaShem in Boulder. M.P. Murphy and Associates Funeral Directors made the arrangements.
“Mike Licht was a man of good humor who loved his life,” the family said. “He worked to make the world a better place through his dedication to his family, the community and his accomplished career.
“Mike was a fierce athlete, a great competitor and a large-hearted man who made people feel welcome and special. His large presence and spirit were a gift to those who knew him.”
Mr. Licht worked for the City of Denver for 29 years. He was chief auditor of the Denver District Courts; Denver County Assessor (1965-1973); director of operations and finance in the department of health and hospitals (1974-1976); and deputy manager of revenue.
He entered politics in 1983, defeating incumbent Charles D. Byrne for the position of city auditor, and ran for mayor in 1987.
Mr. Licht founded Licht & Co., a real estate consulting firm he led for 15 years, after leaving the City of Denver.
He was born on May 5, 1931, on Denver’s West Side to Louis and Elizabeth Tamarkin Licht, and attended Cheltenham Elementary, Lake Junior and North High, where he played football and basketball.
Along with his buddies, he spent his days at the JCC and played ball on Speedy Field.
Mr. Licht enlisted in the US Navy after high school. He served as a radioman for three years and was stationed in Guam at the start of the Korean War.
A CPA, he received a BS in accounting from UCD and an MBA at DU.
Mr. Licht’s wife Donna Letman Licht, mother of their five children, predeceased him.
He married Marcia Jaworski Lattanzi in 1988.
Mr. Licht was active in the American Society of Appraisers (Colorado president, 1972); the Denver Health Insurance Committee (chair, 1968-1975); Denver Metro Sewer District board (1973); and the advisory committee on governmental accounting, State of Colorado (1983).
A volunteer coach for sports teams, he was treasurer of BMH-BJ for years.
Mr. Licht is survived by his wife Marcia Lattanzi-Licht; children Susan (Lorry) Melnick, Gary (Cindy) Licht, Howard (Susan) Licht, Paul (Elizabeth) Licht and Brad (Dana) Licht; stepson Steve (Beth) Lattanzi; grandchildren Lindsay (Dan) Levine, Matthew Melnick, Bryce (Giulia) Licht, Tracie (Isaac) Gross, Adrianne (John) Wallace, Vanessa (Chris) Wilson, Adam Licht, Gabby Licht, Jared Licht, Clayton Licht, Ashley Licht, Joel Licht, Amanda Licht and Josette Lattanzi; and great-grandchildren Piero and Penelope Licht, Austin Gross, Emilia and Graham Wallace.
He was predeceased by his stepdaughter Ellen Lattanzi.
Contributions may be made to TRU Hospice, 2594 Trailridge Dr. E., Lafayette, CO 80026.
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