A lifetime Yampa Valley resident, Alfred Eugene Camilletti died at home Feb. 21, 2009, while peacefully surrounded by the ones who loved him, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Alfred and Juanita Camilletti, both of his sisters Patricia Camilletti and Christina Riggs, and his great-grandson, Tyrell Dade.
He is survived by his brother Darrell (Carol) Camilletti, of Craig; ex-wife Sherry Camilletti, of Craig; son Geno (Karen) Camilletti, of Las Vegas; daughter Trina Callie, of Tucson, Ariz.; stepdaughters Stephanie (Gabe) Dade and Katie (Jim) Amick, of Meeker; nine wonderful and cherished grandchildren, Brooke, Mack, Mia, Ryan, Bren, Wyatt, Cody, James and Emily; and the love of his life, wife Kelly Camilletti.
Countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and extended family and friends also survive him.
Alfred Eugene "Gene" Camilletti, also known as Sonny to the family, was born Nov. 5, 1944, in Denver. The family resided in the Yampa Valley region during Gene's childhood.
He grew up on the family ranch helping his dad with all the chores. He graduated from the Moffat County High School in 1962.
Gene served his country in the United States Army National Guard for 25 years, where he retired as a Sergeant First Class.
During the same time that Gene was in the Reserves, he worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation for 30 years. At CDOT, he helped design and oversee the building of many of the roads in Northwest Colorado. Gene retired and was honored by Gov. Bill Owens on April 22, 1999, for his faithful service to the state.
After retiring from CDOT, he consulted as an engineer for SEH on a number of road construction projects around the state.
Gene and I both enjoyed day trips cutting firewood up in the mountains. It started out with just Gene, his dad and his sister, Pat. Later many friends joined in the fun and have many stories to share.
Gene also enjoyed hunting every year in Hayden with his best buddy, Dave Silver. Gene also loved to fish.
Our last fishing trip was taking our youngest two grandsons, Wyatt and Cody, on their 151 fishing trip up to Stagecoach, Gene's favorite place to fish.
We caught only a couple of fish, but the memories will last forever. All of the grandkids loved the time they spent with grandpa "Letti" on the tractor.
Gene was a sports fanatic, playing and coaching softball for many years. He also loved bowling. He and Dave competed in every city, state and national tournament for over 25 years. And he was very competitive about it, bowling two and sometimes three nights a week for years.
He watched every sport on television. You could ask him about any stat, and he would be able to tell you anything. You never wanted to play him at a game of sports trivia.
He always enjoyed a good game of shuffleboard and horseshoes, as well.
Gene found great happiness visiting all of his children and grandchildren. He had an amazing ability to make any baby or child like him. Babies especially were fascinated with him; maybe it was the cowboy hat.
He went by many names with the grandkids - Grandpa, Grandpa Letti, Grandpa Gene and, most recently by the littlest ones, Papa.
Gene touched a lot of lives, everyone from family, friends and even strangers. He was the most generous, loving and caring person. Anyone who met him was his friend. Anyone who knew him could count on him for anything such as offering our home for a place to stay until they found a place of their own or helping with anything a friend might need. Even donating firewood to needy families. The list goes on and on.
My fondest memories with my husband and my best friend, the love of my life, were that you never saw Gene without his cowboy hat; he even had a cowboy hardhat. Gene was always the best-dressed and best-smelling man in the room. He was always a ladies gentleman.
Memorial Services were Feb. 24, 2009. They were at the Moffat County Fairgrounds with Gay Albers officiating.
Gene was presented with a well-deserved full color guard and 21-gun salute. Honorary Pallbearers were the Mathers Bar Bowling Team, Dave Silver, Bob Cloer, Tom Mathers, Dan Severson, Rick Rayl and Bill Herring. Memorial donations may be made to Relay For Life and/or the Northwest Visiting Nursing Association, in care of Grant Mortuary.
One of Gene's last requests was to have "One hell of a party and bon fire this summer."
Sometime in mid July there will be a memorial barbecue celebrating his life with family and friends. Come up and throw a log on for Gene.
The date for the barbecue will be announced at a later time. His family would like to thank the following: The Honorary Pallbearers (You were his closest and lifelong friends), the Colorado National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 for an amazing service and display of the colors at the services.
And the cowboy rides away.
(Written by Kelly Camilletti)