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Longmont attorney and community fixture dies of rare disease

Anton Dworak remembered for his deep ties to community
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Anton Dworak

A well-known attorney and Longmont community member died Wednesday.

Lyon Gaddis Attorneys and Counselors announced that Anton Dworak, a shareholder for the firm, passed away due to a sudden illness. Dworak was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a very rare and fatal condition, according to the release.

Dworak was a fourth generation Longmont resident with deep community ties.

“(Anton) proudly carried on the Dworak family traditions of contributing to Longmont’s worthy causes in just about every conceivable way,” said shareholder John Wade Gaddis in the release. “He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and commissions doling out his wisdom, legal advice and humor.”

Dworak was the current chairman for the Longmont United Hospital Board of Directors, also serving on the Special Transit Board, the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Longmont Housing Development Corporation. He was the past president of the Tiny Tim Center, now TLC, Twin Peaks Rotary and a lifetime member of the Longmont Cemetery Association Board of Directors.

“We are shocked and saddened by the news of Anton’s passing,” said Cameron Grant, a managing shareholder with Lyons Gaddis. “We’ve lost a tremendous colleague and friend. He was taken away from all of us way too early and we recognize that many in the community will be touched by this sad news as we are.”

Dworak grew up in Longmont, attending Longmont High School, before graduating in 1990 from Emory University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He graduated in 1993 from the University of Denver College of Law with his J.D. and in 1999 earned his Master of Laws in Taxation.

Dworak began work at Lyons Gaddis in 1999. He was also past-president of the Boulder County Bar Association and a Vice President of the Colorado Bar Association. He was a member of the tax, business and estate planning sections of each association.

“Anton’s intellect, professionalism and sense of humor made him an ideal lawyer and a great law partner,” Senior Counsel Richard Lyons said. “He was very proud of his Longmont heritage and carried on the family tradition of community service. He will be truly missed by the firm, his clients and his many friends.”

Dworak is remembered for his love of movies, putting together models, music and the Buffs, along with his “legendary” parties, according to Gaddis.

“But above all, the most important thing was his family,” Gaddis said. “He has been an outstanding lawyer, partner and friend. We have been lucky to have Tony in our lives.”

Lyons Gaddis made a donation to the Longmont United Hospital Foundation in Dworak’s honor and encouraged friends and colleagues to do the same if so inclined.