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Publish Date: 9/11/2005

Landers remembered for work


LONGMONT — One of the city’s strongest supporters is remembered as a quiet, even-tempered man who was good to work for.

George Landers died Aug. 7 at the age of 87, 15 years after retiring from a lifelong career at First National Bank, which is now First MainStreet bank.

Because of that 51-year career — which he began as a teller and ended as bank president — many people knew him through the bank.

Outside of work, Landers quietly served, often as treasurer, with community organizations including Longmont United Hospital, the Kiwanis, the Masons, the recreation commission and the chamber of commerce.

While Landers served on its board, LUH expanded by 48 beds and added a 12-bed intensive care unit.

Larry Sieckmann met Landers in 1965 after Sieckmann opened his own financial company, he said.

“We met while we were both out repossessing something from the same party,” Sieckmann said. One year later, Landers asked Sieckmann to come work at the bank.

“George was just somebody you could go in — I went in a lot — and talk to about anything, business or personal,” Sieckmann said. “He always would listen.”

Jack Dickens served on the bank’s board of directors for 23 years, during Landers’ tenure as bank president.

“George started at the bottom and worked all the way. He went all the way to the top from the bottom,” Dickens said.

Working together through the bank re-ignited a friendship that began when Landers and Dickens were in high school, Dickens said. The two played football together, and both were close friends with brothers Larry and Frank Flanders.

Landers graduated from Longmont High School in 1937.

“There were four of us that were close together,” Dickens said. “All through high school, we were together in classes.”

Landers attended the University of Colorado for two years and married Dorothy Goll on March 31, 1946. The couple had two children, Jolene and Kent.

When Kent Landers married in 1981, he chose his father to be his best man.

“He has always been my best man,” Kent Landers said.

Sieckmann admired him as well.

“He was an individual (of whom you thought), ‘Boy, if I could be like him,’” Sieckmann said.

Richard Salberg also knew Landers because of Landers’ work at the bank, where Salberg’s father and grandfather worked.

“I used to spend time visiting down there,” said Salberg, whom Landers hired to work at First National Bank as well.

“He really very seldom showed his emotions. He was not one to fly off the handle,” Salberg added. “He was a wonderful man to work for. He wasn’t one to micromanage the bank.”

Victoria Camron can be reached at 303-684-5226, or by e-mail at vcamron@times-call.com.

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