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Fredrick A. Hampel

October 30, 1964 - March 3, 2021


Fredrick A. Hampel was born in Kingman, Kansas on October 30, 1964 and passed away peacefully in his home in Evergreen, Colorado on March 3, 2021. 

Always a farm boy at heart, Fred was raised on the family farm in rural Kingman County. Fred graduated from Kingman High School in Kingman, Kansas and afterward attended Kansas State University. Fred obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Master of Accountancy and Master of Science in Agriculture Economics. Throughout Fred’s life, he had many career paths. Fred was a business owner, a rancher and farmer, an agricultural economist, and a college instructor and professor at many colleges and universities in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. 

During Fred’s life, he positively and profoundly influenced the people he met – family, friends, students, colleagues, and strangers. His sharp-witted, honest, wise, steady, and authentic way of communicating will be greatly missed by so many. His passion for knowledge and a thought-provoking conversation was only matched by his passion for mountain trails, alpine lakes, fly fishing in Colorado rivers, cutting wheat in Kansas, and appreciating the amazing world around him.  In good times and bad, Fred carried himself with integrity, dignity, courage and compassion.

Fred is survived by his wife of 32 years, Leslee French Hampel; mother, Patricia (Lager) Hampel; brother, Tom Hampel (Judy); his two sisters, Christie Creighton (Alec) and Julie Pinkerton; as well as his nine nieces and nephews. Fred is preceded in death by his father, Martin L. Hampel.



In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of these organizations in Fred’s honor:

Mt. Evans Healthcare & Hospice at 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439

Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness at PO Box 3431, Evergreen, CO 80437

Mother Cabrini Shrine at 20189 Cabrini Blvd. , Golden, CO 80401.

Fred Hampel Memorial Scholarship: Colorado Mountain College

CMC Foundation, 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

*If donors send a check (payable to CMC Foundation), enter “Fred Hampel Memorial” in the memo line. If using the online option, please select the “other” category, and enter “Fred  Hampel”  in the “tribute info” box. 



26 Responses

  1. Matt Lebowski says:

    As I am currently studying for my securities licensing exam, I thought of Fred, who was my economics professor at Colorado Mountain College ten years ago. He wrote me my much needed recommendation letter that helped me get into Colorado State University. I decided to look him up on a whim after a decade and I’m very sad to learn this. Fred Hampel had such an impact on me both as a professor as well as an individual. He will be missed by many.

  2. Linda and Karen says:

    Leslie, Karen and I were so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. His life will always be marked by his kindness and enthusiasm. We are thinking of you. ❤️

  3. Barb Allen says:

    Leslee, I am saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. His big smile and laugh gave such joy to me. I am a better person for knowing you both and honored to have been a part of your lives.

  4. Tina Disorbio says:

    Leslee, so sad to hear about Fred. 32 years together! It’s wonderful that you will have so many memories of him. Soon the hard times will fade away and will be replaced by all the good times you had together. Sending love and hugs your way.

  5. Tina Disorbio says:

    Leslee, so sad to hear about Fred. 32 years together. How wonderful to have so many loving times to remember him by. Soon all the hard times will fade into the background and you will be left with all the happy times you had together.
    Sending love and hugs.

  6. Marci and Todd Fogel says:


    We are so sorry for your loss. We are honored that we got to know Fred. That is a great picture of Fred and Q!!. We are always here if need anything.

  7. Melissa Giefer says:

    My condolences to Leslee, Tom, Christie, Julie and Pat and your families. Prayers for you all.

  8. Jen le Roux says:

    Leslee, I am so saddened to hear of Fred’s passing and your loss. He certainly filled up a room with his positive energy and ideas at CMC. Sending you virtual hugs.

  9. Perry & Mary Ann Ninger says:

    Leslee, so sorry for your loss. Fred was a cornerstone for the CMC biz department as you know and we would not be anywhere without his contribution those years ago. Because of that Fred will always be part of the CMC family and know that his legacy lives on in the success of our students and programs. Our prayers and sympathy.

  10. Darla Coffman says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Kevin Williams says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing, my thoughts go out to Leslee and the family.

  12. Lianne Pyle says:

    Leslee; sending you love and prayers of condolence. Fred was such an exceptional member of the CMC family. You both touched so many lives here. I was saddened to hear this news and have so many fond memories of you both. I am so sorry for your loss, Lianne in Steamboat Springs

  13. Lindsey Royce says:

    Leslee, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Fred. I will pray for you and the family. Sending much love and support.

  14. Gina Cartwright says:

    Leslee, I am so very sorry. I have always remembered Fred’s kindness and gentleness. You were both some of the finest people I have known. May God comfort you and your family. You are all in my prayers. Gina

  15. Amy Phillips says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. I was fortunate enough to have worked with Fred for many years and remember how vibrant he was and genuinely passionate about his work. I remember the presentation he did during the hiring process and believe the title was something like “The Economics of OZ,” relating to, of course, the Wizard of Oz. I was so impressed that someone could be so ecstatic about economics and felt that we must hire him. Of course, the committee agreed, and CMC benefited for years to come. He set a high bar for fellow faculty, was always positive, and tireless worked to support his students. I also felt fortunate that he and Leslee became friends of ours. Their love of the outdoors, of running, for friendship, their dogs was always remarkable. Fred, you will be missed. Leslee, our hearts go out to you, and we are so sorry for your loss.

    We are sending lots of love and prayers to you all.

    With love and deep respect,

    Amy & Kelly Phillips

  16. Bob Selby says:

    My deepest sympathy to everyone in Fred’s family. Fred was hired for my position at Colby Community College. I retired in 2015. Even though I didn’t know Fred well, I liked him and I know the students respected him and liked his classes. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  17. Cheryl Swisher says:

    So sorry to hear about Fred. Our thoughts are with you and the family.
    Rhae and Cheryl (Baxter) Swisher

  18. Mary Bauer says:

    So so very sorry, he was and is your soul mate. Please contact me after all of this is over and let’s take a hike together. Just a get some peace and calmness. Take care my friend.
    Mary Bauer

  19. John Pinkerton says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, prayers to the family.

  20. Terri Shippen says:

    I have wonderful childhood memories playing in the Waterloo woods with Fred (and subsequent poison ivy we all contracted!) 4-H events, and of course scholarly competition in school. We would always try to get more marks on the board than the other so Mrs Rollman would put a treat in our desk. He clearly loved and valued education. I will remember his kind soul and quick smile. Rest In Peace Fred.

  21. fred lager says:

    Fred I have some fond memories of you.So sorry your with god now. rest in peace.love fred

  22. Alan Ward says:

    With deepest sympathy on Fred’s passing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Leslee
    and the family.

  23. Jeff and Colleen Mason says:

    What a gentle spriit you were ! We will remember your sweet smile and gentle spirit ! We will miss you! Colleen and Jeff❤️

  24. Jeanie Dougan says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Fred led a full life during the years he was on this earth and impacted so many lives during the years as a professor.
    RIP Fred and I will pray for Leslie as she faces the emptiness of his loss.

  25. Esther Temaat says:

    Julie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    John and Esther Temaat

  26. Vince Barnes says:

    Leslee, Jackie & I send our deepest sympathy. We have and will always keep you both in our hearts. Go Rest In Peace our Best Man. ❤️

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