December 30, 1950 – December 5, 2019
On December 5, 2019, John Harold De Marco passed away in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Having been born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado to an Italian-Greek family on December 30, 1950, John remained proud of his heritage throughout his life. His first language was an Italian dialect his mom spoke, and he continued to communicate with his aunts, uncles, and grandparents in that dialect.
After attending Central High School, he went on to join the Coast Guard and serve on the French Frigate Shoals in the Pacific. Upon his return he went on to complete a four-year degree at the University of Southern Colorado, now CSU-Pueblo.
During his time at University, John loved to poke fun at authority, maintaining this devious sense of humor throughout his life. One hot summer, without fans or air conditioning in the dorms, John took it upon himself to turn the communal shower into a communal swimming pool. On another occasion, just to prove a point, he proceeded to disassemble and entirely reassemble his motorcycle in his dorm. Although this was successful, he was promptly kicked out of the dorms entirely.
Before graduation, John got married and moved to Colorado Springs where he began his thirty-seven-year career with the US Postal Service. Despite the distance, he made sure to be at family dinners at his parents’ house, on the farm, or in the mountains; he always made sure his family didn’t miss out on “sauce” on Sundays. He maintained a life-long love of the Pueblo chilies some of his family farmed, eating them at literally every meal for decades. Even when camping, John always managed to make the best skillet breakfasts.
An avid golfer, especially when playing with his father and brother, he would sometimes play in the Sons of Italy golf tournament. For all his travels from childhood through adulthood with his group of friends, he really enjoyed spending time with people in his home, whether it be on the patio, in the living room, or just visiting after a meal around his kitchen table.
Much like his aunts and uncles on the farm, John knew how to just be, once the doing was done. He was a deep listener who loved being serenaded by the guitar. Even when his daughter, Bethany, was a child playing the piano, he would often make her play for him.
John is preceded in death by his beloved parents, John and Chris De Marco and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Bethany De Marco and Mike Hall; son, Brian De Marco; brother, Lenny; “older brother”, Chuck Gove; cousin, Harry De Marco; ex-wife, Evelyn De Marco; and girlfriend, Carol Flynn. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel.