Louis S. “Lou” Atencio, of Erie, CO (formerly of Longmont), father of Patrick Atencio, CMSP, at Howe Mortuary in Longmont, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning of April 2, 2017. The family he loved so dearly was by his side. He was 78.
Lou was born in Denver, Colorado on June 30, 1938, and attended Denver Public Schools, graduating from Denver West High School in 1956. Following graduation, Lou enlisted in the US Navy and worked as an Air Traffic Control Specialist serving in San Diego and Oahu, Hawaii. After being honorably discharged, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and upon completion of schooling at the FAA Academy, he began his career at Stapleton Airfield. In the winter of 1960, while on a date with his girlfriend, Florence Trujillo, they decided to elope. On November 20, 1960, Lou and Florence were married in Raton, New Mexico. Over the course of the next 11 years, Lou and Florence were blessed with four children.
In 1962, Lou transferred to the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont. Lou worked for the next 36 years at that same FAA facility eventually retiring as an Air Traffic Control Supervisor in 1998. Upon retirement, Lou started employment with the Washington Consulting Group (WCG) as an Air Traffic Control Enroute Instructor. He retired from WCG in 2003. Following his second retirement, Lou moved his family to the Vista Ridge Community in Erie, Colorado. In 2004, Lou would embark upon a part-time job as Starter for the Vista Ridge/Colorado National Golf Course. Whether watching, participating, coaching or overseeing, Lou loved sports and staying active.
Lou is survived by his wife of 56 years, Florence of Erie; daughter, Veronica Atencio of Lakewood; sons, Michael (Christy) of Reno, Nevada, Patrick of Erie and Mario (Keri) of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Amber Lucero, Monica “Mo” Lontine, Vincent Lontine, Cole Atencio, Sydney Atencio, Skylar Atencio, Blake Atencio, Francesca Atencio and Max Atencio; great-grandchildren, Antonio Portillo, Dion Lucero, Mariah Lontine, Nizhoni Lontine and Leilani Lontine; sister, Pauline (Dave) Rivera; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lou was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Jean Atencio and granddaughter, Claire Atencio.
Visitation will be held at Howe Mortuary in Longmont from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 9, followed by Rosary Prayers at 5:00 pm. Funeral services will be at 12:00 pm on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot. Burial will follow at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot.