John Brunel

Longtime Goldenite

Posted 11/7/17

Great aunt Lettie

I was born in Casper, Wyoming. I’m 66. My dad — who was also John Brunel — was in the oil and gas industry and relocated to Denver in 1952.

In the early 1960s, due to ill health, my great uncle Noel Brunel was moved to …

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John Brunel

Longtime Goldenite

Posted

Great aunt Lettie

I was born in Casper, Wyoming. I’m 66. My dad — who was also John Brunel — was in the oil and gas industry and relocated to Denver in 1952.

In the early 1960s, due to ill health, my great uncle Noel Brunel was moved to what is today called a hospice. My great aunt Lettie Brunel was looking for someone to help her operate the property — we still have 103 acres here, right at the mouth of Golden Gate Canyon Road. My dad was raised here and offered to move onto the property. I started the third grade at Mitchell Elementary.

I graduated from Western State College in Gunnison in 1976. I have a degree in petroleum geology. I did consulting work for four years, then I went to work for my dad’s oil and gas company in Denver.

Eventually, I took over a family partnership called LCB Limited, and at that time, I moved my family to Golden. In the meantime, my great aunt passed away.

An amazing old house

My great grandfather built the house I’m living in in 1889. It’s an amazing house. It hadn’t been updated since the early 1940s, so my wife and I have done some extensive remodeling.

I also built a chicken coop and beehives on the property; a greenhouse, which was on the solar home tour a few years ago; and a small barn — we raised alpacas for a while.

I love living on a property that was built by my great grandfather. A lot of Brunels have lived here through time — two of my brothers also live out here on the property. It’s great that it’s still in the family.

Golden ties

My wife Shan and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary on Sept. 25. We raised three children here. All three of them went to Mitchell, Bell Middle School and graduated from Golden High School.

I’m retired now, but my wife and I ran a commuter business called Golden West Commuter for 14 years. Primarily it serviced people to and from the airport, but we also had a limousine and we served a number of famous people.

I was on the first civilian board of the Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA). I did that for five years. Our current mayor, Marjorie Sloan, was on the board with me. I was also on the board of the chamber of commerce for five years, and I was president of the chamber in 1995.

I have a real tie to the Golden community.

I grew up with the Foss’, the Coors’, the Parfets, the Ramstetters. We’ve known the families that made the north side of Golden.

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