Warren Mitchell Toltz, Denver businessman and Jewish community pillar, passed away on December 30, 2017. Warren was a savvy businessman and generous philanthropist. He served as President & CEO of Dependable Cleaners for many decades and leveraged his background in marketing to help grow the family business into a thriving 24-store chain that recently celebrated its 86th anniversary. Warren was also the visionary behind Coats for Colorado, an annual drive that has collected and distributed over 2 million coats to individuals in need.
Warren’s business acumen was matched only by his dedication to his community and to his family. He served as Campaign Chair and then President of JEWISHcolorado (formerly the Allied Jewish Federation) in the 1970’s and was instrumental in the capital campaign that resulted in the building where JEWISHcolorado still exists today. Warren and his wife Ruth also founded the Warren and Ruth Toltz Young Leadership Award. This award was a continuation of the Adolph Kiesler Young Leadership Award, of which Warren was once a recipient. Since its founding, the Warren and Ruth Toltz Young Leadership Award has annually recognized young adult males who demonstrate exemplary dedication and service to the local Jewish community.
Warren was also involved with a host of other charities, including President of the American Heart Association and Denver Health, as well as several Jewish organizations. He cultivated a legacy of service within his family, and each of his four children have carried on his tradition of giving back. Daughter, Amy Toltz-Miller, most recently followed in Warren’s footsteps by serving as JEWISHcolorado’s Board Chair from 2014-2016.
Warren is survived by his beloved wife Ruth, sister Roberta (Bernard) Naiman, children Marci Waldman, Ken Toltz, Steven (Michelle) Toltz, Amy Toltz-Miller (Dr. Howard Miller), and several nieces, nephews and eight loving grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
Services will take place on Tuesday, January 2nd at 12:30 pm at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St. in Denver.
Interment will follow at Emanuel Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St. in Denver. The latest information can be found at www.feldmanmortuary.com.
To make a tribute to JEWISHcolorado in Warren’s memory, please click here. Contributions can also be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Association of the Rockies.
May His Memory Be For A Blessing.