Samuel D'Aponti December 25, 1921 – December 2, 2012 Samuel D'Aponti passed away of natural causes at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was 90 years old. Sam was born in Segundo, Colorado. He was adopted by Tobias and Solamae Aragon of Trinidad, Colorado when he was four years old. He graduated from Trinidad High School. Sam served in the US Army as a Platoon Sargent and saw combat in the Philippines during World War II. He was part of the Occupation Forces of Japan after the conclusion of the War. Sam attended Adams State College in Alamosa. Sam married Beatrice Duran of Hone, Colorado on December 28, 1952. They lived in Denver where Sam was an employment specialist for the Colorado Department of Labor while also running a cattle ranch. They moved their cattle operation to Delta, Colorado in 1975. Sam retired from the employment service in 1987 to devote full time to the cattle business. They sold the ranch in 1997 and retired completely to live in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sam was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the VFW and the Elks Club. Sam loved hunting and fishing and his cattle. Sam and Bea traveled extensively to all corners of the world. Sam was preceded in death by his sister, Diane DeCarro. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; children, Wes (Mailyn) D'Aponti and Brenda (Dwain) Watson; grandchildren, Chad (Farrah) D'Aponti, Jamie (Randy) Craig, Kirt D'Aponti, Adrianna Price; three great-grandchildren and his beloved Chihuahua, Bruno. Services will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Friday, December 7, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 5, 2012