MWCUA mourns the passing of a credit union mentor and advocate

DENVER, CO (May 8, 2020) — It’s with heavy hearts that Mountain West Credit Union Association announces the passing of Dennis Hofts on April 26.

Dennis joined the Colorado League in 1989 as vice president of research and development. In that role he mentored many staffers and supported untold numbers of credit unions. He retired from that position in 1997. Prior to coming to Colorado, Dennis spent 26 years with the Kansas League as a field representative, education director, executive vice president and finally as president/CEO.

“Dennis Hofts led an exemplary life personally and professionally. His dedication to and heartfelt belief in the credit union movement was unsurpassed,” said Carroll Beach, former President and CEO of the Colorado Credit Union League (ret. 2001). “He was well-liked by everyone and was able to influence others by his calm well-disciplined demeanor. He truly believed the credit union movement was not only a practical but a spiritual tool to provide an avenue for the ‘up and out as well as the down and out’ to achieve greater social and financial heights through cooperation.”

Beach also noted, “I personally was a recipient of Dennis’ outreach as he introduced me to the Kansas Credit Union League and fostered and nourished my career in the credit union movement. If not for his seeing something in me that I was not aware of at the time, my career might have been much different, but he brought me into the Credit Union Movement and I am forever grateful. He was a great man in every aspect of life: Family, friends, colleagues, church and society. His spirituality showed through in every action in which he was involved.”

Dennis is survived by his son Kevin Hofts of Denver, Colorado and his daughter Julie Pauls (husband Ralph Pauls) of The Woodlands, Texas. Dennis had two grandchildren Lauren Ahrens (husband Andy Ahrens) of San Antonio, Texas and Mark Pauls (wife Brittany Pauls) of Tomball, Texas. He had five great-grandchildren: Hadley, Caroline and Jackson Ahrens and Ellison and Wesley Pauls. Preceding him in death was his wife Verona, his brother Harold Hofts and sister-in-law Lorraine Hofts, and sister Bernice Fintel. Surviving nephews include Ron Hofts and Steve Fintel, both from Nebraska. For more information:

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