Former employees remember Duane Hagadone’s legacy

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Duane Hagadone spent his life developing North Idaho. He created The Coeur d’Alene Resort and left behind a legacy of impact to those who knew him.

According to his company, the Coeur d’Alene Press, Hagadone died on Saturday. He was 88 years old. Kiki Miller, a current Coeur d’Alene Councilmember and fellow local leader, worked for The Hagadone Corporation for 14 years. She worked her way up in the corporation and was always learning from her boss. He told her to “keep your eye on the goal and do what it takes to get your vision to fruition.”

While Coeur d’Alene was always a tourist town, Miller says Hagadone’s investments were instrumental in its overall development.

“To be a thriving, vibrant, economically stable and diverse community without that piece of tourism, I don’t think that would have happened without his influence,” Miller said.

Erin Peterson also worked for The Hagadone Corporation. She scored her first job when she 16 at the resort and was inspired by the professionalism and excellence the corporation boasted. However, what touched Peterson the most was his heart for others.

“Every time I interacted with Duane, he approached every single person as if they were his equal,” Peterson said. “He was so kind and so gracious and really made a point to get to know the people that he worked with and also took a great interest in the community.”

Hagadone invested in many business pursuits in the area. He was involved in hospitality, golf, restaurants, real estate, media, advertising, photography, marine and aviation. He was from Coeur d’Alene and saw something special in the area.

“He’s a local boy who saw it through rose colored glasses in the best possible way,” Peterson said.

Both Miller and Peterson took the attention to detail, excellence and dedication to hard work they learned from him in their lives and careers.

“He loved being better and unique and just achieving the highest level in every piece of business he put forward,” Miller said.

“I know that his spirit will live on through what the resort continues to do, and regardless of what it’s future looks like it will definitely live on in the hearts of those he impacted through those magical memories,” Peterson said.

Funeral arrangements will be released in the coming days.

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