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HAGADONE: Commission a statue

| May 5, 2021 1:00 AM

I moved here from the Seattle area in 2009 shortly after my first wife’s death. Duane Hagadone was a name I first heard around Thanksgiving when I went to the Coeur d’Alene light show. I was impressed by The Coeur d’Alene Resort and discovered that Mr. Hagadone was responsible for it.

I paid little attention to his enterprise and all of the things that he had done in this area. However, the Coeur d’Alene Press ran a picture showing all of the private jets parked along the entire runway out at the airport. It was the year that the Horatio Algier organization had its annual benefit at Mr. Hagadone’s Resort.

Very few people are ever able to leave behind such a lasting legacy. I for one am so glad that he had someone in his family to carry on his dreams.

Duane Hagadone lived a great life. Hard work, wonderful family and a willingness to be successful. Add to this a dog and what more can a person ever want out of life?

I for one would gladly donate money to any organizational movement to commission a statue of Duane Hagadone placed somewhere on grounds of the resort, golf course or both. We will all miss his vision and foresight. Few, and I mean few people, are ever able to bring into reality what their “ideas” told them would work.

May the Hagadone family find peace and comfort knowing that their husband, father, grandpa and friend left behind his legacy in various family members and acquaintances, and I look forward to future growth influenced by Duane Hagadone.