Celebration of a Life

We don’t generally write about DHM Design on the blog, but today is different. Today we are celebrating the life of Bud Simon, who lost his battle to cancer last week. Bud was a Principal with DHM and his career with the firm spanned over thirty years. His legacy of work was remarkable in its breadth. While he worked on many types of projects, we will remember him best for his land conservation efforts. Every day he brought a sense of commitment and dedication to his projects and his clients were devoted to him in return. He was passionate about his work and inspired a sense of integrity and loyalty always leading by example.

He touched so many lives along the way and it is a testament to his legacy how many people have called us over the last week to express their condolences. Bud was well over six foot tall with a gigantic heart. He had a great sense of humor and an ability to relate to any and all with kindness and respect. We are all better for having known and worked with him and we thank him for teaching us to be better professionals…but most of all to be better people.

We will miss you, Bud.


  1. We will miss Bud greatly. As this article says, Bud definitely has a great heart! Some of my foundest memeories of Bud are of how he related to staff in a fun and friendly way. Always willing to share and teach and to give of himself to help others out. He had some great stories as well, like alligators in irrigation ponds for golf courses and his attempts to “rescue” the animal. He loved to sketch horses. Or at least their rears. He had a humorous heart that tended to always lighten the mood of the room that he was in. I’ve been travelling a lot to China in the last 18 months and have not had a chance to see Bud much, but everytime upon my return that I would happen upon the chance to see him he was always in good spirits and just enjoying life. I will miss him and will always remember him.

  2. I am sorry about DHM’s loss. Bud looked like such a tenderheart man with great talent
    that he clearly shared. What a beautiful testament to his life. I know you will all
    miss him greatly.

  3. I was deeply saddened to learn of Bud’s passing. I had no idea that he had been fighting cancer as he never let on to me. The last time we were actually together was about 5 years ago when I went to visit with him at his downtown Denver Firm (DHM) with my daughter-in-law (also a Landscape Architect) when she was looking for work in the Denver area after moving to Littleton.
    Just a couple of weeks ago, I was informed by another colleague and Landscape Architect (also from Colorado now) that I used to work with, here in the Chicago area, many years ago.
    Bud and I became very close friends when we went to school and lived and studied together with several other L. A. Students at (M.S.U.). So, ………….I’ve known him a very long time.
    Although we didn’t see each other that often after graduation (1970), we did keep in touch occasionally.
    I have always admired and respected his talent, dedication, loyalty and commmitment to the profession, like (I believe) we Landscape Architects tend to do. He was truly a wonderful person and his legacy will live on. I am very lucky and glad to have had him as a friend and colleague.
    I too, will miss him. My sincere condolences to his personal and professional “family”!
    Feryl D. Waldenmyer – RLA

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