LeRoy Louis Ciani

LeRoy Louis Ciani died at his home in Denver on Aug. 29, 2005. He was 66.

LeRoy Louis Ciani was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Trinidad, Colo., to Louis and Eva Ciani.

Ciani and his family moved to Hayden in 1949, where he grew up in the mountains he loved his entire life. Fishing, hunting and just being outdoors, especially in the Williams Fork area, were some of his fondest memories. He graduated from Hayden Union High School in 1957 and went on to The School of Mines in Golden. He served in the U.S. Army, spending most of his time in Europe where he met his wife, Tanya, from Norway. The two returned to Colorado, where Ciani put his degree in civil engineering to work in the Denver area. In the late 1980s, he moved to California to work with The Army Corps of Engineers in L.A. until his retirement in 1999, upon which he moved back to Colorado to be near his family and his mountains. Ciani had an amazing zest for education and life; there was little he didn't accomplish. Although he was paralyzed from the waist down, it never kept him from an outstanding career, traveling to job sites across the country, raising a family, or pursuing his hobbies and interests; Ciani never considered himself handicapped. Whether cooking a gourmet dinner, fishing in a mountain lake or researching facts on his computer, he put his whole heart into it. He enjoyed volunteering for the Art Center, where his daughter currently works.

Ciani is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Tanya, an amazing person with the same zest for life who was by his side until the end; his daughter, Christina (Jim) Calameris-Ciani of Denver; granddaughter and light of his life, Hanna LeTon Calameris of Denver; son, Guy Michael of Denver; brother, Max (Charmaine) Ciani of Craig; sisters, Charlene Round and Sylvia (Chuck) Grimsley of Grand Junction, and Rena Bertram of Hayden; five nephews; three nieces; seven great nephews and nieces; three great great great nephews and nieces.

Ciani was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Eva Ciani, and younger brother, Gino.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, on Sept. 10, 2005, at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in LeRoy's name to Very Special Arts of Colorado, in Denver. May LeRoy, an inspiration to us all, rest in peace, and walk with the angels until we meet again.

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