Long-time community figure Mike Hoffman dies
Those who knew Mike Hoffman said the community is less one great asset today.
Hoffman, 59, was the owner of Silver State Printing, a member of the Lions Club and helped many organizations in the community, including the Carson Valley Historical Society and Family Support Council. He died Thursday at home after fighting pancreatic cancer.
A long-time friend and fellow member of the Historical Society, Glenn Logan, said Hoffman will be missed.
“He did a lot for the community, but he didn’t want any recognition. He would do anything in the world for anybody who asked,” Logan said.
Hoffman and Logan were heavily involved in the renovation of the old Douglas County High School into the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
“For a while he was the treasurer of the historical society. He did so much of our printing, volunteering all our printing work for so long and never charged a nickel for anything he did,” Logan said.
To the end, Hoffman did not want any attention. He requested no funeral or memorial service. There is a possibility an open house may be held. Arrangements are pending.
Beverly Johnson, a long-time member of the Family Support Council board of directors, said Hoffman was a devoted father and husband.
“What I remember most about Mike was his devotion to his wife, Lynne, and his son, Garrett,” she said. “When Lynne passed away last year, I never saw anyone so grief-stricken. He just couldn’t pick up. He just wanted to be with her. He couldn’t even talk about her without the tears rolling down his cheeks. I am sad at his passing, but I know that he is where he want to be, and that is with Lynnie.”
Vida Bristow has been managing the printing shop since Hoffman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of this year.
She worked for him for 7-1/2 years. She said Hoffman opened the shop about 13 years ago, when he moved to the community. He left the business to his son, Garrett.
“He was a great man. He was a very giving man. He had his stubborn moments and had his outbursts, but he was a great man,” Bristow said.
“We had a really good working relationship, we always talked. We could always talk about different things, about family and work,” she said, her voice breaking. “He’s going to be very missed.”
Other friends were too upset to talk about him.
Bud Brown could only say one thing about his friend of 10 years, “He was one good man.”
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