Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Unger was valuable to Ketchum

The Ketchum CDC and the entire Ketchum community suffered a huge loss when former board President Tom Unger passed away on July 20. For those who knew him, his short battle with cancer was nothing less than shocking, as he had been in the midst of many adventures, whether it was traveling to the French Alps to hike and ski with his son, Geoff, or spending time in Moab with Charlotte, his wife.

Tom had been with the KCDC since its inception in 2006, having been handpicked by Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall as one of a handful of dedicated volunteers that could get the fledgling organization off the ground. With his help, the KCDC quickly logged a number of successful and significant projects, including the construction of the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor, Ketchum Town Square and Northwood Place, Ketchum's first rental-only affordable housing development.

A number of these projects were completed during Tom's tenure as president of the board, which ran from 2010 until spring 2012, when he stepped down due to his busy travel schedule.

Even more important than his contributions to the KCDC, it was Tom's generosity and energetic spirit that became such an amazing asset to our community, seen by many members of various nonprofits throughout the Wood River Valley. In my opinion, these characteristics are the embodiment of what makes this community such a good place to live.

On behalf of the KCDC, I would like to extend our condolences to Tom's family and to offer one more thank you for all the hard work and passion he selflessly gave to our community.

Jon Duval

Executive director

Ketchum CDC

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