The Fremont Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who by their extraordinary efforts have contributed to the betterment or enhancement of Fremont and Custer counties.

Inductees were once again honored at The Abbey Event Center for the annual congratulatory dinner. The mood was jovial, the laughter was abundant and the pride was plentiful. Inductees were: 

John and Mary Kay Evans–John spent nearly three decades teaching basic skills education with the Department of Corrections. He started cognitive education programs and was a principal in Youth Offender Services. He pioneered several innovative programs for youth education. Mary Kay worked 32 years as juvenile case worker with 11th Judicial District probation department and served 25 years on the Fremont County Protective Team, which oversees and reviews case files to make sure children are properly protected. They have a collective 21 years as school board members and are active community volunteers. Son Matt introduced them and painted a picture of a family who loves to help others, especially young people, and who never forgets that a sense of humor is crucial.

Ed Norden, usually part of the HOF program as emcee, was honored for his community involvement with KRLN-KSTY Radio, as Fremont County Commissioner and with numerous community projects. He is known for his leadership, integrity and fairness. He was introduced by Sunny Bryant, Fremont County Manager, who counts Ed as a mentor and friend.

Dorothy “Tiny” Striegel is a giver – of time, resources and expertise. Her passion is other people. Born in 1921, she is still as vibrant and energetic as ever. Serving as a nurse in Canon City for three decades, she has befriended countless people. Striegel is also a poet and painter. Seven of her portraits, accompanied by her poems, are displayed in the Museum of History in Canon City. She has published four books of poetry and one about World War I. People stood in line to congratulate Tiny and she closed the HOF program with her usual lighthearted poem and comments. She was introduced by Dr Jim Puckette, longtime friend and supporter, who came in from Oklahoma State University for the occasion.

Dr. Lana Carter, who is retiring in July and who has led the Fremont Campus to some of the school’s highest levels of achievement and accolades, was presented with flowers and lots of gratitude for her enthusiasm, expertise and obvious deep love and caring for students.

Student scholars Michelle Bauer, Rachel Bauer, Kacee Leonard and Kaylee Aruchuleta were honored as well, with Kacee expertly delivering a speech about her career and the integral part that the PCC Scholarship program has played in her success.

Congratulations to all!