Todd Vogel was presumed drowned after a group of boaters noticed a person in their party was missing Saturday night.
Vogel was the assistant principal at Chaparral High School in Douglas County.
Divers recovered his body from Cherry Creek Reservoir Monday morning after spending Sunday combing the area.
A family friend told 9NEWS Vogel was diving to free a stuck anchor and did not resurface.
Divers searched the waters until around midnight Saturday. Their search Sunday ended around 4:30 p.m. It resumed at 6 a.m. on Monday.
Family members were upset that boaters and jet-skiers were allowed to continue recreating on the lake as the search was going on.
Jennifer Churchill, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says the reservoir would have been closed to recreation if they thought it would have helped in the recovery process.
The Douglas County School District released the following statement Monday:
We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and students who are mourning the loss of Chaparral High School Assistant Principal Todd Vogel.
Todd was an up-and-coming World-Class leader, who was in his fifth year with the Douglas County School District. He first joined the team at Chaparral High School as a dean and has been assistant principal for the last four years. He oversaw the counseling department, Advanced Placement testing, budgeting, scheduling and even Back to School Night.
Chaparral High School Principal Ron Peterson says Todd was highly respected, a deeply knowledgeable administrator. Simply, he was irreplaceable.
"He was the guy who would take all of these ideas and he would make it happen. He was the glue," Peterson said.
Todd was also a great family man. We send our deepest sympathies to his wife and four children. They are part of the Douglas County family.
We know that Todd will be deeply missed in the halls of Chaparral High School.
Prior to his time at Chaparral, Todd worked at Grandview High School. He was originally from Iowa and began his teaching career there.
Students were notified about the accident on Monday. District staff members are at the school to support the staff and students. We ask that the media respect their privacy during this difficult time.
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