Respected Aspen attorney Chuck Brandt dies at 61 |

Respected Aspen attorney Chuck Brandt dies at 61

Brendt Gardner-Smith

Charles Templeton Brandt Sr. succumbed to cancer on March 7 after a long battle. He was 61.In 1961, he graduated from Wabash College in Indiana. After graduating from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco in 1961, Chuck and his wife, Emmy Lou, moved to Aspen to run her family’s new ski lodge.In 1966, Brandt started to work for the law offices of Holland & Hart in Aspen, and he soon became a partner with the firm. After 31 years with the firm, he left to open his own law firm and practice law with his family.A familiar face at local land-use hearings, Brandt was known for taking a reasonable approach to the issues involved, maintaining a pleasant demeanor while still representing his clients’ interests. He was highly regarded by his clients and colleagues.He served with the Aspen Valley Land Trust for many years in an effort to preserve open space in the Roaring Fork Valley. In addition, he dedicated countless hours to his passion of improving education for valley children and had served as president of both the Aspen Country Day School board and the Aspen School District board.An avid athlete, Chuck participated in community runs, bike races and uphill challenges and had a love of scuba diving.He is survived by his wife, Emmy Lou Brandt, sons C.T., Garret and Gray, his mother, Helen Rapley, and brother Bill Brandt of Sacramento, daughter-in-law Leslee Brandt and grandchildren Bobby and Katie Brandt.A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at the Aspen School District theater in the Aspen Middle School building on Maroon Creek Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions are being made in Chuck’s name to the Aspen Foundation, 110 E. Hallam St., Suite 126, Aspen, CO 81611.While the family is requesting that no fresh flowers be brought to the service, they would welcome native wildflower seeds to be spread along with Chuck’s ashes.Return to The Aspen Times or

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