Obituary: Daniel Colacurcio Sr.


Daniel Colacurcio Sr.

August 22, 1927 – March 29, 2021


Daniel Colacurcio Sr., age 93, of Blaine, WA, passed away Monday, March 29, 2021, finishing his race and meeting his Savior Jesus face to face. Dan was born in Seattle, WA on August 22, 1927 to William and Christina (Peppi) Colacurcio. As a child, Dan lived on a farm with five brothers and three sisters where they raised vegetables to sell at Pike Place Market. After completing his junior year of high school, with his parents’ permission, Dan joined the Marines at 17 years old and served in World War II as a gunner on the Aircraft Carrier USS Bennington. After the war, Dan was honorably discharged and returned home where he finished his senior year of high school and met his sweetheart Dorthy Mae Grant. The two married in 1950 and had five children. Dan lived a full life - working in Alaska building the Alaska Highway, selling vacuums door to door, and eventually opening his own appliance store before retiring to Semiahmoo to manage his investments and spend more time with his family.

Dan was a loving father, grandfather, and friend and spent most of his time with the people he loved. He loved meeting and talking to new people and had a gift for making newcomers feel like family – something that anyone who has attended one of his annual Fourth of July picnics could tell you. He loved nature – whether that was enjoying the view of the ocean and eagles from his log cabin on Birch Point, walking through the gardens to admire the flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees, or watching the deer, geese, and cows that he was so fond of. The legacy Dan leaves is his family – with whom he instilled values of generosity, a love of nature, and most importantly the unconditional love of family.

Dan is survived by his children, Dan (Kathy) Colacurcio Jr., Frank (Dyan) Colacurcio, Diane (Jeff) Coston, Kathy (Pat) Harkins, and Chris (Kathy) Colacurcio; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; his dear friend, Sue Richmond; his dear friends, Jim and Audrey Block; his brother, Pat Colacurcio; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Christ the King Church located at 4173 Meridian St., Bellingham WA 98226. For anyone who cannot make it, a live stream of the event will be available at (use password ColacurcioMemorial).

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