Mike C. Vialpando a long time resident of Black Forest passed from this life to eternal glory on Sunday 6 July 2014. Mike was born in Clayton NM to Malaques (Mike) and Leonor Vialpando.
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Mike graduated from Fountain High School, where he excelled at both track and basketball. After graduation, Mike joined the Marine Corps. Mike served four years in the Marine Corps and also ran track for the Marine Corps Track Team.
Mike met Frances while they were employed at The Broadmoor Hotel. They were married in 1958 at The Pauline Chapel. The new Vialpando family moved to the Black Forest in 1962, where Mike and Frances raised their seven children. Though the Vialpando family was large, Mike and Frances often opened their home to others in need.
Mike and his family enjoyed camping, backpacking and hunting. Mike often led groups on these outdoor
Mike retired from Civil Service at the Air Force Academy after twenty-seven years of service. Mike also served many years on The Black Forest Sheriff's Posse. Mike enjoyed telling stories and jokes and would often start with "Did you hear the one about." Mike modeled integrity and led by example.
Mike is survived by his wife of 56 years Frances, 3 sons; Michael C.(Debbie), James E., Ronald L. (Char), daughters; Lenor M. (Chris), Theresa A. (Dale), Bonnie L. (James),
grandchildren, Jessica, Michael, Kaitlyn, Jaime, Jordan, Robyn, Tyler, Alissa, Trever, Nora and great grandchild Nicholas.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and son Stephen.
A memorial service/mass will be held at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 11020 Teachout Road on 25 July 2014 at 11 A.M. and burial service at 1 P.M at Eastonville Cemetery,
followed by a reception at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church at 2 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sunny Vista Living Center of Colorado Springs. We miss you dearly and look forward to seeing you in glory.
Published in The Gazette on July 24, 2014