Former Castle Rock Town Councilmember Doug Lehnen was found dead at his Castle Rock home on Aug. 2 at the age of 58. Douglas County coroner Lora Thomas said he died of natural causes to due complications with diabetes.
Members of town council were informed of Lehnen’s death during the Aug. 2 council meeting by Castle Rock fire chief Art Morales. Castle Rock community relations manager Kim Mutchler said a welfare check was done after one of Lehnen’s daughters hadn’t heard from Lehnen for 24 hours.
“Doug’s daughter was concerned about her father’s wellbeing and had her fiancé check on her father,” Mutchler said. “When the fiancé arrived, he found Doug deceased and then called 911.”
Lehnen first served on the Castle Rock Town Council from 2003-05 and was later elected to a different district in 2006. He served as the mayor pro tem until April 2010. He moved from California to Castle Rock with his family in 1995.
Recently he was working for the Southeast Business Partnership but was involved in other agencies and community efforts. He was involved with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Partnership of Douglas County Governments and the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority.
Former Castle Rock Mayor Randy Reed served with Lehnen when Lehnen was mayor pro tem. Reed said Lehnen was interested in the Castle Rock community and the economic development in Castle Rock.
“He was very respectful of the community, and I enjoyed working with him tremendously,” Reed said. “It was wonderful how he jumped in the Castle Rock community and wanted to help it grow and go in the right direction.”
Councilmember Joe Procopio knew Lehnen since 1998 and served on council with him from 2008-10. Over the years, the two became good friends, spending time together in and out of the office. Procopio remembers an intelligent and friendly man.
“He was a great, great guy. Everyone liked him,” Procopio said. “He made a lot of sense when he talked about issues on the council, and he voted for what he believed in. He was a dependable guy, someone you could really lean on.”
Lehnen’s wife, Karen, died in August 2010. Lehnen is survived by two daughters, Amber and Rachel. He enjoyed gardening, home improvement projects and golf.
“Castle Rock will certainly be missing a very concerned community leader for the town,” Reed said. “And I personally will be missing a great friend.”