By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi has died following a serious bike accident Friday.
Enzi died while surrounded by his family at the UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. He was 77.
A social media post from Enzi’s account said he never regained consciousness after being transported by air ambulance from Gillette.
“His family expressed their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern that has been shown. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” the post said. “The family is planning to hold a celebration of a life well-lived, with details being shared at a later date.”
Enzi’s son Brad Enzi posted a message on Twitter over the weekend announcing his father had been injured in the bicycle wreck and taken by air ambulance to a Colorado hospital.
“One of the best basketball fans in the country needs giant prayers tonight after a bike wreck and life flight (Friday) night,” the Twitter message said. “Also happens to be my GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Dad. Any and all prayers and thoughts accepted no denomination or creed preferred. Just lift him up!”
Brad Enzi posted a follow-up message on Monday night, thanking people for their prayers and support.
“Thanks to all who prayed and sent good thoughts for my dad. Always my GOAT and hero!” Brad Enzi wrote on Twitter.
Enzi served four terms in the U.S. Senate representing Wyoming, winning his first election in 1996 and serving through 2020. Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis was elected as his successor after he announced his retirement from Congress.
Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, he served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1987 to 1991. He also served as the mayor of Gillette from 1974 until 1982.
Enzi was born in Washington state and grew up in Thermopolis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Washington University in 1966 and in 1967, he enlisted in the Wyoming Air National Guard, where he served until 1973.
He obtained his master’s in business administration from the University of Denver in 1968, when he moved to Gillette and opened NZ Shoes.