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Posted on May 19 2011, 1:02pm by Mark Esper
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Fritz Klinke, right, presents the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award to Jerry Hoffer on Sunday night during the chamber’s Roundup at Kendall Mountain Community Center. Behind them are, from left, Loren Lew, Patty Wipf, Tommy Wipf (behind Hoffer), and Vickie Mahlios. Behind Klinke is another former Citizen of the Year, Jeanne David. Hoffer, 72, was honored for his many years of service to the community in general, Klinke said. Hoffer moved to Silverton in 1976, working for Sundance Publications when it was housed in the old depot, Klinke said. He worked as an electrician at the Sunnyside Mine and later at Rocky Flats, before retiring to Silverton. He is a member of the San Juan County Historical Society board and the Durango Historic Railroad Association board. Klinke said Hoffer was a major force in establishing the Mining Heritage Center at the San Juan County Historical Museum, and in bringing Engine #315 to Silverton, along with the work to save the old Silverton Northern engine house. He also serves on the San Miguel Power Association board of directors. “Over the years he’s always been available to help out,” Klinke said. “That’s what we looked at rather than any single event.” Hoffer was selected by a panel of past citizens of the year. Photo by Larry Raab