Isadore Million Obituary
 
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Isadore Million

June 11, 1927 - March 20, 2014
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Isadore "Izzy" Million passed away in Boulder at the age of 86 on Thursday March 20th, 2014. He passed peacefully and quietly, surrounded by family and friends. Isadore was born on June 11, 1927 in Detroit, MI to Rachael and Simon Million. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in occupied Germany. After the War, he returned to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan on the GI Bill where he found one of his great loves: geology. Throughout his life he was an avid and introspective reader. He loved history and science and was a Civil War buff. After completing his degree, he moved to...
Isadore "Izzy" Million passed away in Boulder at the age of 86 on Thursday March 20th, 2014. He passed peacefully and quietly, surrounded by family and friends.
Isadore was born on June 11, 1927 in Detroit, MI to Rachael and Simon Million. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in occupied Germany. After the War, he returned to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan on the GI Bill where he found one of his great loves: geology. Throughout his life he was an avid and introspective reader. He loved history and science and was a Civil War buff. After completing his degree, he moved to the West where he became an Exploration Geologist.
While working for the Atomic Energy Commission in the uranium fields near Green River, Utah he met his other great love: Bonnie. They were married in 1956 and had five children together. His work in geology took him all over the world, including Alaska, Mexico, England, Indonesia, Australia and Venezuela. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his time exploring for mineral deposits in remote areas. But of all the places his geology took him, it was the Western United States that inspired him the most. During the 1950's and '60's, the West was still rough and simple. Isadore ventured to remote areas, drove every dirt road and was familiar with every small town. He was tough, adventurous and he could handle any environment. He enjoyed camping outside under the stars and finding the occasional scorpion in his boots. He was a romantic at heart.
In 1971, Isadore, along with his family, moved to Boulder to take a job as Chief Geologist for a fluorspar mine in Jamestown, Colorado . They have remained here since. Isadore helped construct the wing of Har Hashem Synagogue where he and his wife were early members. He taught temporarily at the School of Mines, as well as being a member of various geological organizations and societies. In 1981, Isadore and Bonnie started Penny Lane Coffee Shop on Pearl Street, which remained open till 2005. Isadore and Penny Lane quickly became Boulder icons. Isadore had a wonderful ability to accept others from all walks of life. He was always willing to reach out to people with his generosity, helpfulness and kindness. He was a positive and guiding influence for many, many people. He has friends from all over the world.
Isadore is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie, their five children: Moe, Gilbert, Aaron, Elizabeth and Rebekah. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren: Simon, Rachael, Brittany, Jordan, Adam, Sara, Emily, Avery, Natanel and Elinor and by his brothers Peter and Abe, sister Sara and sister-in-law Jean.
He will be missed by many.
There will be a memorial service at Congregation Har Hashem (3950 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303) on Sunday, March 23rd at 10:30am. The burial will immediately follow and will take place at Green Mountain Cemetery.

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"I worked with Isadore at InMinCo in Broomfield, many years ago and remember him fondly as an honest, helpful and caring man." Linda Lowe (Westminster, CO)

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