Michael Welton

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 16, beloved father, son, brother and friend Michael V. Welton bid farewell to the physical world and set off on his next grand adventure.
Though he had often enjoyed living and traveling on his own in recent years — a captain of his own ship — Mike spent his final weeks surrounded by the love and support of his children, who were honored to care for the man who had spent decades doing his best to provide for and take care of them.
An “old school” business owner and world traveler, Mike believed adamantly in both the value of hard work and the importance of taking time to enjoy life outside of the office — a belief that helped shape the minds and experiences of his own children and countless other family members and friends he blessed with trips near and far.
He visited many different places across the globe, but the Black Hills of South Dakota always held a special place in Mike’s heart. He treasured both the people he met here and the pristine beauty of the land and wildlife, never missing a chance to take the family fishing at Bismarck, hike Grace Coolidge Creek Trail or drive the wildlife loop. He even gained the trust and friendship of the local deer, with a small herd regularly visiting his front porch.
Mike’s generous spirit and devotion to helping people — especially individuals with disabilities — has been and will continue to be an inspiration to many. Mike’s legacy lives on in the hearts of his children and all those who admire and respect him. He is so very loved and appreciated, now and always.
A celebration in honor of Mike’s extraordinary life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11 at Denial in Custer—an establishment owned by his good friends and a place he truly enjoyed visiting.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the University of Colorado Hospital Foundation or The Denver Hospice, where Mike received superior care and sincere kindness during the weeks before his passing.

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