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Message from Family and Friends regarding the passing of Norm Early, longtime board member of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District

In loving memory of Norman S. Early, Jr., we are saddened to announce his passing on Thursday, May 5. Norm will be remembered for his many years of public service as a champion of justice, the first Black District Attorney of the City and County of Denver, a mayoral candidate, and a dedicated advocate for victims’ rights and the success of Black lawyers.

He knew that these accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts and love of many colleagues and friends who helped shape the course of his career and life. Our family will remember him as a loving father, brother, father-in-law, grandfather, and uncle who was our patriarch. Whether he was at a public event or with his family and friends, his infectious laugh and smile would light up a room. Norm did not just tell you he cared about you, he showed you with his big hugs and thoughtful,

personal notes. When we remember him, we think about the many ways he brought joy and laughter to our lives and made us feel loved. While we are saddened by his death, we celebrate his life, which touched the lives of so many people in our city, state, and country.
Norm’s celebration of life will be held at Empower Field at Mile High on Thursday, June 16, at 11:00 am. The event will be held on the west side of the stadium, and guests should enter through doors that are between gates 1 and 3. We would like attendees to dress for a celebration. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) located at 510 King Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA 22314 and/or to the Sam Cary Bar Association located at P.O. Box 300205, Denver, CO 80203. For media or celebration of life inquiries, please contact the Hon. Gary M. Jackson at or 303-929-2413.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, condolences, and memories, which have brightened our spirits during this difficult time.