Dennis Dane Schlarbaum
April 8, 1961- May 16, 2011
Dennis Dane Schlarbaum, 50, died May 16, 2011, concluding his hard-fought battle with colorectal and liver cancer. Dennis spent his early years in Estes Park, Colo., and was a 1979 graduate of Estes Park High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988. Dennis resided in Loveland Colo., until 2009, when he was diagnosed with cancer at Tucson, VA Medical Facility.
Schlarbaum served with the U.S. navy in the Persian Gulf during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and aboard the USS New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon in 1983-84. He later earned his spurs as a U.S. Army officer with Second Armored Cavalry Regiment along the East-West German border. He separated from military service shortly after the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989.
A Distinguished Military Graduate, Dennis also attended U.S. Army Parachute Infantry Training course at Ft. Benning, Ga., Armor Officer Basic Course at Ft. Knox, Ky., and the Scout Platoon Leaders Course. During his service, he was awarded two Navy/Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Force Medals, a navy Unit Citation, three Sea Service Ribbons, and an Amery Service Ribbon.
Over the course of his life, he won awards as an athlete, poet, journalist, and photojournalist. He was recognized by both the Colorado and Louisiana Press Associations during a brief career as a print journalist. In his later years, he worked as an automatic fire sprinkler fitter in Arizona, Colorado and Massachusetts. He changed careers again after 2000 and began work as a low-voltage technician. He installed satellite TV distribution in hospitals and nursing homes, nurse-call systems, voice/data and other low-voltage systems throughout Colorado, South Dakota, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Although he took up many careers and took pride in his work, Dennis would rather be remembered for the love of his family, the service to his country, and his unceasing faith in God. Dennis lived as a simple man in what he considered to be a troubled and complex world. Where he could, he tried to understand and make a difference in the lives of others.
He is survived by his mother, Ann Wilson and step-father James of Sierra Vista, AZ; his father Ron Schlarbaum and step-mother LeaAnn of Burns Flat, Okla.; three brothers, Douglas Schlarbaum and wife Sybille, nieces Chelsea and Courtney Schlarbaum; Dale E. Chase of Ada, Okla., and Curtis Chase of Burns Flat, Okla.; two sisters Fayrene Brigance of Michigan City, Ind., and Belinda Reneger of Richland, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Scott A. Chase of Burns Flat, Okla.; and two sisters Betty Jo Chrastil of Estes Park, Colo., and Anna Hean Serquinia of Buckley, Wash.
There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in Loveland, Colorado. Following the service his cremains will be interred at Loveland Burial Park, Lakeside Cemetery, Loveland, Colorado.
Call Doug Schlarbaum at (970) 232-4144 for more details. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com. Memorial contributions may be made to a hospice of your choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service.