Don Friedman, Republican legislator and radio host, dead at 83

Don Friedman died Sunday in Englewood. He was 83. (Credit: Friedman family)

Don Friedman died Sunday in Englewood. He was 83. (Credit: Friedman family)

DENVER — Controversial radio host and former Colorado State Representative Don Friedman died Sunday in Englewood at the age of 83, his family announced.

A third-generation Denverite who lost a narrow race for Congress against Pat Schroeder in 1976, Friedman is remembered as an outspoken seven-term Republican representative (1962-1976) and as a talk radio host on KOA, KIMN, and KTLN.

Though he had a reputation for fiscal conservatism, Friedman was a relative moderate on social issues, supporting clean air legislation and abortion rights. He was also successful as a real estate developer, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jeanne Bahne Friedman; a daughter, Dayle Friedman; sons Glen Friedman and Steven Duris and seven grandchildren.

Friedman died after an extended illness. Services were scheduled for Tuesday at Fairmount Mortuary, 430 S Quebec St., in Denver. The time has yet to be announced