The Life of Duane Hagadone
Duane Hagadone began his professional life as a paperboy but soon made a fortune through publishing and tourism-oriented real estate investments. He’s credited with turning his Idaho hometown into an upbeat resort destination.
Hagadone Corporation now encompasses hotels, golf, real estate, media & marketing and aviation divisions – its 338-room Coeur d’Alene Resort is its flagship.
Early Life and Education
Hagadone began mowing lawns for his neighbors at nine and saving all the money he made mowing, becoming his own boss after only 12 years and purchasing his first car, a Ford Mustang. An ambitious perfectionist, Hagadone worked hard.
As part of his father’s Coeur d’Alene Press business, he worked tirelessly after school and on weekends as a door-to-door salesman selling newspapers door-to-door. His father instilled him with strong work ethics and high ethical standards that guided his behavior as an adult.
Hagadone is widely-renowned for his generosity. He has supported virtually every charitable cause in Kootenai County with one of his biggest contributions being giving $2 Million towards creating the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County with its $2 Million gift; additionally he also gave generously to local organizations, charities, human rights groups and international relief efforts.
Hagadone began his career as a newspaper delivery boy selling subscriptions and advertisements. After dropping out of college to work at the Coeur d’Alene Press (owned by his father) upon its publication by Hagadone Corporation he eventually took on publishing duties upon its owner’s passing, eventually becoming its publisher upon its sale to him as well as amassing 17 newspapers, hotels, golf courses, real estate holdings etc under his ownership by 1976.
He gave generously to many charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of North Idaho which bears his name after receiving his $2 million donation for its creation. Together with Lola Hagadone he established the Horatio Alger Lola and Duane Hagadone Scholarship that assists Idaho high school seniors pursue higher education; eligibility includes Benewah, Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai Latah Shoshone counties.
Achievement and Honors
Hagadone’s multimillion-dollar company now includes newspapers, hospitality, real estate and investments – among them a golf resort offering floating green on a lakeshore golf course! In his hometown, this resort operates beautifully at Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Hagadone was also a generous donor to charities, giving millions to various causes he believed in – one recipient being the Boys and Girls Club which Hagadone helped bring to fruition with a $2 million gift from himself and Lola Hagadone.
Hagadone and his wife have long been members of Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans scholarship fund, awarding over $321 Idaho students over $1.2 million since 2005 through it. This fund recognizes high-achieving seniors who show resilience despite facing difficulties. Their scholarship fund awards students who excel despite facing hardship. They own homes both in Coeur d’Alene and Palm Desert in California.
Hagadone was revered throughout north Idaho for her generous nature. Together with her husband, they donated $2 Million to make the Coeur d’Alene Boys and Girls Club campus possible; Hagadone also gave to both University of Idaho and North Idaho College.
She may have resided at 3095 W Horned Owl Road in Coeur d’Alene and at 74125 Quail Lakes Drive in Palm Desert, California, along with members of her family who may also resided there.
Local residents believe Coeur d’Alene would be very different without Hagadone’s influence, noting her contributions to the resort as well as her criticisms of white supremacy and Aryan Nations. Additionally, Hagadone was an avid supporter of arts and education in her community.
Hagadone Corporation holds multiple corporate holdings, such as Coeur d’Alene Resort, Boardwalk Marina, Silver Beach Marina and Quicksilver Photography; real estate development; as well as real estate ownership in Palm Desert California with one of the largest 64,000-square foot estates and Lady Lola Yacht with its own helipad and golf order system.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Lola; their children Brad Hagadone and Todd Hagadone as well as Teresa Leifer and Adam Spurlock who serve as their respective spouses; grandchildren Koraline and Taj Hagadone as well as Kay Wellman with husband Roy, Joan Kellner with husband David as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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