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This profile was last updated on 5/25/02  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • President of the Board of Directors
  • Chairman
    Citizens Committee for Downtown Devel
  • U.S. Navy
  • Hardware Store Owner


  • Harvard Graduate School of Business
  • Grand Junction High School
  • University of Southern California
Web References
05.25.02 Longtime Junction civic leader dies at 87, 25 May 2002 [cached]
Longtime community leader Leland Schmidt died Thursday of a heart attack at his Grand Junction home.He was 87.
One of his many civic accomplishments was the planning and development of the Main Street Downtown Shopping Park.
Schmidt, a former hardware store owner, worked toward the creation of a new downtown as the chairman of the Citizens Committee for Downtown Devel- opment.
He was instrumental in the building of Two Rivers Convention Center and pushed for the renovation of the Avalon Theatre.
"Leland was a major part of Grand Junction," said Pat Gormley, vice president of Mesa National Bank, who worked with Schmidt to develop better planning for downtown parking."Leland was a major part of Grand Junction," said Pat Gormley, vice president of Mesa National Bank, who worked with Schmidt to develop better planning for downtown parking.
Described as a gregarious and cheerful figure in the community, Schmidt was known for the victory cannon he brought back from his alma mater, the University of Southern California.He would fire off the cannon on his birthday and allowed the Grand Junction Symphony to borrow it for its performance of the "1812 Overture."
Born in Grand Junction in 1914, Schmidt graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1932.He earned a degree in merchandising from the University of Southern California and attended Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1942.He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946.After leaving the service, he returned to Grand Junction and worked with his father at Schmidt Hardware.
Schmidt married his wife, Eleanor, in 1939.
A fixture in community life, Schmidt was president of the YMCA Board of Directors, Grand Junction Lions Club and the Downtown Parking Corporation.He was also a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter, one son, and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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