KUSA — Just days after George H.W. Bush passed away at age 94, Coloradans are sharing their memories of America's 41st president.
President Bush made several trips to Denver during his political years, including during his time as vice president to Ronald Reagan.
In 1988, John Comfort III's grandfather was the principal at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Denver during an event with Vice President Bush.
“I went to school and all of a sudden my mom shows up and tells me the vice president is making an appearance at our school for a campaign event,” Comfort III remembered.
Comfort was only seven at the time.
“I remember him being very tall,” he remembered 30 years later. “I was also quite rambunctious and he was tolerant of me, which was really nice. He was very nice from what I remember.”
Comfort’s little brother, Will, was also there. He was only 4 when the then-vice president visited, but the family’s stories and pictures from the meeting have been preserved in the years since.
“He’s the type of person who was willing to take time out of his busy campaign to do something nice for our family,” Comfort said. “He took time out of his day to meet us and that was a neat thing for him to do.”
A few years earlier, then-Vice President Bush made another trip to Denver.
Aaron Taylor was only 11 years old, a big baseball fan and had tickets to an Old Timer baseball game at Mile High Stadium with his father.
“Halfway through the game, I started seeing a lot of people mingling around stadium in suits and was like, 'wow, this is weird. What’s going on?'”
Taylor now suspects those in suits were members of the Secret Service. Soon he learned why.
“George Bush, the vice president at the time, showed up in the middle of the game. [He] got to bat a couple of times, field for an inning or two,” Taylor remembered.
“For me, not only was I a baseball fan, but I was into politics and so I was really excited to have the vice president there, and so it was kind of a win-win in terms of baseball and politics all wrapped up together,” Taylor said.
Taylor and Comfort were just kids at the time, lucky to have a chance encounter with a future president, but they have moments to cherish for the rest of their lives.
“The more I’ve learned about [President Bush], it’s an honor, actually.” John Comfort III said.