Alfonso A. Atencio was born to E.P. and Vicenta Atencio on June 9, 1925 in Cotton Creek, Colorado. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
After the war, he returned to Colorado where he met and married Pola C. Valdez of Del Norte, Colorado - his wife of 66 years. The couple relocated to Colorado Springs where his skills and experience in the construction industry brought him to employment with he Burroughs Corporation who played a major part in the creation of NORAD systems. After relocating his family with Burroughs Corporation to Pennsylvania and Nebraska, he returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado where he completed his career with Kaman Sciences Corporation, retiring after 24 years.
He is survived by his wife Pola, son David (Stephanie), daughters Ana Atencio and Monica Atencio-Simpson (Jeff), grandsons Luke Atencio (Hanna)and Isaac Atencio, granddaughters AnaLisa Bessette (Harvey), Emily Atencio and Hannah Atencio, great grandson Xavier Bessette and sister Agnes Kratz (Bob).
He is predeceased by his parents, seven brothers and six sisters, and his grandson Tige Boxwell.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3122 Poinsetta Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado at 11:00 a.m. on June 12, 2014.
Private burial will be held at a later date.
Published in The Gazette on June 10, 2014