Charles “Chuck” Norris is a geologist and business owner. He and his wife Sue live in Denver’s Wyman Historic District near Cheesman Park. Although not a Colorado native, Chuck has put down roots here over the past forty-five years and made it his home. In the 1980’s, Chuck lived in Dutch Creek Village (southwest Congressional District 1) and his children walked to Leawood Elementary School. Since 1992 he has lived in central Denver. His daughter Meghann graduated from Denver South High School and Metro State, his step-daughter Alex graduated from CSU, and his son Aaron graduated from CU-Boulder and Denver University’s Sturm College of Law. All three live in the front range; only Chuck’s step-son Greg remains a holdout. Chuck is a proud grandfather of two young Colorado natives, and wants to leave a better Denver and a better Colorado for them to enjoy.
Chuck was born one of ten children in rural Illinois and raised on a working Centennial farm by his parents Don and Marna. Hard work and hand-me-down shoes were ways of life for Chuck when he was young. His parents instilled key values: those of caring for your community, fiscal conservatism in the face of hardship, and the value of education – do well or try harder.
Chuck attended the University of Illinois though a combination of scholarship aid, summer jobs, and part-time work during the school year. It wasn’t easy, but he ended up as an honors graduate with a degree in Geology, and then continued on to achieve a Master’s of Science in Geology (University of Washington), as well as post-master’s coursework in Geology.
In his long professional career as a geologist, Chuck has worked in both the public and private sector. He understands the importance of science to the world, he understands the key role of the academic researcher, and he understands the challenges of the small-business owner. After starting with Shell Oil in 1972, it didn’t take Chuck long to open his own company. Emerald Oil & Gas was started in Denver in 1980. In 1986, Chuck returned to academia and took a research position at the University of Illinois’ Laboratory for Supercomputing in Hydrogeology.
In 1992, Chuck returned to Denver and re-entered the private sector, starting Geo-Hydro, Inc. in 1996, a geologic consulting company with a nation-wide client base. Chuck maintains an active role with company and remains the majority owner and CEO. Geo-Hydro and Chuck have worked with a wide variety of clients – concerned citizens, regional and national environmental groups, regulated industries, state governments and federal agencies. Chuck has consulted for state regulatory agencies, testified before state and Congressional committees and has twice been solicited for testimony by the National Academies of Science.