Victor Paul Tisone, 73, passed away peacefully at Boulder Community Health Center surrounded by his family and friends. Vic was born in Boulder, Co on September 29, 1942, the third son of Carmen and Evelyn (Wahlstrom) Tisone. He attended University of Colorado Boulder where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and was a wrestler at both Boulder High and the University of Colorad0. He was named to the University's hall of fame. He also was the Assistant Coach of the Niwot High School wrestling team for a period of time. After his time at the University, he worked briefly for Watts-Hardy Dairy and IBM Corporation before going to work for National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the High Altitude Observatory department as a computer technical specialist. He spent the remainder of his career there retiring in February 2015 after 47 years of service. He met his wife Phyllis in Boulder and they married there on July 20, 1974. They were to celebrate their 42nd anniversary this year. Together they parented twin sons, Tom and Bob, from Vic's first marriage and later adopted son, Robert, at the age of 9 in 1982. When he wasn't working or spending time with family, Vic enjoyed "chasing a white ball around" on any golf course and was also a talented, albeit modest, oil and acrylic painter. His family and all who knew him would describe him as an upbeat, positive guy who never met a stranger. Vic was the life of any occasion and always had a joke or pun ready to elicit groans from those around him, after which he would pause before flashing his mischievous grin. His family witnessed just how many lives he touched with his positive and caring nature by the sheer amount of visitors that came from far and wide to see him during his short stay in the hospital. He will be greatly missed and remembered by all. Vic is survived by his wife Phyllis (Poe) Tisone and sons: Thomas A. Tisone and his wife, Jen and their children, Ryan, Samantha, and Trey; Robert A. Tisone and his wife, Ann and their children Brittany, Nicholas, and Addison; and Robert L. Tisone; Brother, Tom Tisone and his wife Patti, their children Chris and Danny; sister Sue (Tisone) Giese and her husband, Jim, and daughters Rae Buchanan, and Jamie Giese; nieces Teri Shendahl, Valerie Tisone, Julie Tisone and Amy Herring; his mother-in-law Twila Poe; sister-in-laws: Arlene McCormick and her husband Don, Sue Stafford and her husband, Bud. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carmen and Evelyn Tisone, brother, Gary C. Tisone, father-in-law, Dewey Poe, and grandson, Jack H. Tisone. A memorial service is being planned for July 27th at NCAR Tree Terrace at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in Vic's honor to Lustgarten Foundation atwww.lustgarten.org to fund pancreatic cancer research. Share condolences at www.howemortuary.com
Published in The Daily Camera on Jul. 18, 2016.