Ed Lehman, a crime-fighting deputy district attorney and reporter who went on to found and operate a Colorado newspaper group for more than a half-century, died in Longmont, Colorado, on Nov. 10. He was 93.
Lehman built the publishing company that would become Lehman Communications when he and his wife, Ruth, who predeceased him, purchased the Longmont Daily Times-Call in 1957.
Lehman Communications would grow to include two other Colorado dailies, the Loveland Reporter-Herald and Canon City Daily Record plus four weeklies. The group was sold to a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, now Digital First Media, in 2011.
Lehman was active in Inland, serving as association president and helping to establish the Inland Press Foundation.
Lehman began his journalism career writing for the old Rocky Mountain News while studying at Denver University. He worked full-time at the paper after graduation, and when he enrolled at law school took a job as night city editor at The Denver Post. He was a deputy district attorney in Denver in the late 1940s, then opened a law practice with his wife Ruth. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1954, serving one term.
In his autobiography “Rolling With the Press: A Publisher’s Journey,” published in 2016, Lehman wrote that “I came to Longmont in 1957 with a dedicated thought. I believed that there could not be a great community without a great newspaper.”
“I think that Ed and my late mother, Ruth, and our families including his second wife, Connie, tried to work with many other people to accomplish good things in the community,” his son Dean Lehman, the former president and publisher of the Times-Call, said in an obituary written by the paper’s managing editor, John Vahlenkamp. “He was extraordinarily dedicated to the communities where his company published newspapers.”
In addition to his son Dean, Lehman is survived by his wife, Connie; grandchildren Jennifer Lehman and Gregory Lehman; and daughter, Lauren Lehman.