Mitchell Trent La Cost was born July 7, 1972 in Lamar, Colo. and departed this life while hiking on Nov. 3, 2013 in Bailey, Colo. at the age of 41.
Trent enjoyed his life to the fullest. He probably lived more in 41 years than most of us will in an entire lifetime. He loved to travel to places like Peru, Canada, Amsterdam, Hawaii, Mexico, Fla. and other locations with his many friends. He loved music and was a proud member of the LHS Noteables and performed in all of the school plays during his junior and high school years.
He was also a member of the concert and jazz band programs in high school. Trent was a proud member of the thespian drama club, the national honor society, the LHS knowledge bowl club, a fine artist with the LHS art program and many other associations during his high school years. Trent graduated with honors from Lamar High School in 1990.
Trent began college at Colorado State University, continued on to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and received his bachelors degree at Adams State College in Alamosa. Trent went on to receive his Masters of Arts-Sociology at the University of Colorado. Trent maintained membership in the American Polygraph Association.
Trent was employed at Zebulon Pike Youth Detention Center in Colorado Springs for a number of years. His unique sense of humor and caring personality enabled him to make a difference with troubled youth. Trent realized after a period of time that he had the desire to go to the Academy of Scientific Investigative Training and finished with his credit in forensic psychophysiology.
He then went to work at Accountability Polygraph Services and continued to work there until his passing. His many clients, co-workers, friends and partners in law enforcement always praised his professionalism when working together with him.
Trent loved and valued his time with his family. His many nieces and nephews were the highlights of his visits home to Lamar. He would always have time to spend with them and would tell them stories, take them shopping, run errands or simply visit with them.
These trips to Lamar were always special to his parents, Gene & Shirley and his sister Cheryl and brothers Cary and Trevor. There were always family meals, church, parties and family trips that would be planned during these visits. Trent especially enjoyed his time with Gene and Shirley and all of his family in Rye, Colo. at the family cabins.
He was never one to rest for very long as there was always a long list of things to do at the cabins, but the weekends were jam packed with marble games, food, family and fun with anyone that was there. Trent also enjoyed many rounds of golf with Gene, Cary, Kathy, Trevor & Kathleen.
Trent would always lend an ear to any family member that needed to discuss anything at anytime. Trent enjoyed working around his home in Denver, Colo. and prided himself in his special care and attention to his lawn and flower beds. For fun, Trent enjoyed a weekly bowling league, weekly barbecues and parties with his many friends.
Trent is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Lester and Freda La Cost, maternal grandparents; William and Dorothy Paulsen, Aunt Doris Hughes, Uncle Mark La Cost and his cousin Marc Hughes.
Trent is survived by his parents; Gene and Shirley La Cost of Lamar, siblings; Cheryl (Mark) Smith of Pueblo, Cary (Kathy) La Cost of Lamar and Trevor (Kathleen) La Cost also of Lamar.
He is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Megan and Sean, Anthony, Ashley, Heather, Austin, Kaitlyn and Christian, great nephew; Damian Jaramillo and his longtime companion John Solano of Denver as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends.
Visitation was held at Peacock Funeral Home in Lamar, Colo. on Nov. 7, 2013 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. His funeral service was held on Fri., Nov. 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. with the Pastor Tim Wheaton officiating.
Trent was a baptized, confirmed and lifelong member of Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lamar, Colo. The Lamar High School Noteables performed "Friends" and hymns included "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art".
Trent's eulogy was read by his uncle George Gillaspie with remembrances from many of his family included. A slideshow followed the eulogy that included many pictures of his childhood, family life and celebrations with his many friends.
Trent was interred at Fairmont Cemetery in Lamar, Colo.