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Kent C. Lazo

July 3, 1928 – Nov. 24, 2013

Kent C. Lazo, 85, passed away on Nov. 24, 2013, at his home in Littleton, Colo., following a brief illness. Kent was born July 3, 1928, in New York City to William C. Lazo and Elizabeth (Kent) Lazo and raised in Radburn, N.J., where he excelled in football, baseball and diving at Fair Lawn High School. He served in the U.S. Army in West Germany during the Korean War as a linguistics specialist. He attended Cornell University and graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in chemistry. Kent worked as an executive in industrial sales for Procter & Gamble for 20 years in Denver, Cincinnati, Houston and England, traveling extensively through Latin America, Europe and Africa. After retiring from P&G, Kent returned to his beloved mountains, opening The Fire Place in Breckenridge and skiing whenever he had a chance. He was an original member of the Red, White & Blue Volunteer Fire Department and spent several years on the RW&B Fire District Board as president. He also was a member of the Blue River Water District Board. After retiring a second time, he moved to the Littleton area where, as a proud Republican, he spent much of his time during his later years involved in patriotic organizations, and coaching his grandchildren in swimming, soccer and math. Kent was a lifelong lover of the big bands and jazz, from the after-hours clubs of New York City in the 1940s to his recent trip to New Orleans with his grandson. Survived by his children, Sandy Lazo (Don Layton), Chris Lazo (Carole Scott), Suzie Lazo (Dave Newkirk) and Jeff Lazo (Jill Lazo); step-daughters Jerra Ryan (Mike Ryan) and Kristie DeLay (Frank DeLay); grandchildren Todd and Ross Layton, Liz-E Lazo and Tommy Newkirk, Sady and Bonny Wootten; Sean, Kelcey, Madelyn and Shannen Ryan; and Will and Ethan DeLay; and faithful companions Pia and Scamper. Predeceased by brother Luis R. Lazo, former wife Carol, and spouse Jacke. Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Dec. 19 at 11:45 a.m., Staging Area A. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Denver Dumb Friends League would be greatly appreciated. In his memory we hope you will hug your pet, thank a vet or listen to some jazz. For more information, please see his obituary page at allveterans.com.

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