Larry "Daddy" Dicamillo passed away peacefully at his home in Delta on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, after a long and inspirational battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.
Rosary services were held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father Albeiro Herrera-Ciro officiating. Interment will follow at the Delta City Cemetery.
Larry was born on Dec. 21, 1947, to Joe and Flora (DeJulio) Dicamillo at their home in Delta, Colo. He was the seventh of 13 children. He graduated from Delta High School with the class of 1966. He served his country in Vietnam and then returned to work on the family farm. Larry continued the farming tradition until his illness in 2013.
On July 8, 1972, Larry married Diane (Schmalz) at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta, Colo. Together they raised four daughters, Stephanie, Stacie, Mandi, and Lauri. Throughout his farming career, Larry enjoyed many pastimes with his greatest enjoyment coming from playing fast pitch softball. He began playing fast pitch in the early '70s and became an accomplished pitcher and player. He was cheered on from the stands by his wife and daughters, therefore lovingly being known as "Daddy" or "Big Daddy #9." This name could also have been acquired by being the oldest player on the field, with his retirement from the game at the age of 55. Larry's other pastimes included bowling, hunting, camping, fishing, golfing, and winning money while gambling in Black Hawk. Larry wasn't a stranger to anyone and could always be seen with a smile on his face and a quick-witted antic to be heard.
Larry was proud of the many accomplishments and successes he attained throughout his life: after becoming a squadron leader in Vietnam, he never lost a soldier; he earned several "Top Grower" awards for his Coors barley crops; he prided himself on how healthy his crops were each year, and cooking his roast beef dinners for St. Michael's church bizarres.
Larry is survived by his wife, Diane of Delta; his daughters and their spouses, Stephanie (Mark) Lee of Fountain, Colo., Stacie (Joe) Siennicki of Delta, Mandi Dicamillo of Fountain, Colo., and Lauri Dicamillo of Delta; brothers, Bill (Gloria) Dicamillo and John (Martha) Dicamillo of Montrose, Dean (Kathy) Dicamillo of Grand Junction, Frank (Bonnie) Dicamillo, Tom (Gail) Dicamillo, Roger (Kim) Dicamillo, and Joe Jr. Dicamillo of Delta; and sisters, Mary (Tom) Clark of San Antonio, Texas, Phyllis White and Diana (Marty) Schmalz of Grand Junction, and Joann (Craig) Thornburg of Cedaredge. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Jonathen, Jaylen and Jaren Lee; Joey, Troy, Rosabella, Sophia and Annalin Siennicki; and Chloe Clayton.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Flora Dicamillo; brother, George Dicamillo; son-in-law, Danny Clayton; and grandchild, Baby Jalen Lee.
Larry and family would like to send a special thank you to the Oncology staff/friends at St. Mary's and Delta Hospitals, and also to the nurses and staff from HopeWest.
The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Larry's memory to HopeWest Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Services and Crematory. View the online obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.