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October 2, 2023
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Douglas Robert Bertucci, of Dumont, CO, passed away on October 2, 2023, in Lakewood, CO,
with his beloved wife Nina (Hacia) Bertucci by his side. He was 73 years old.
Douglas, known as “Doug” to his friends and loved ones, was born on May 6, 1950, in
Taylorville, IL, to the late Enrico and Eloise (Peyton) Bertucci. He moved to Springfield, IL, with
his family when he was nine years old and stayed there until graduating from Springfield High
School in 1968.
After graduation, Doug’s love of nature, music, and the mountains called him to the Colorado
Rockies. Doug settled in Blackhawk, CO, high in the mountains west of Denver in 1977. Before
the year was over, Doug had met the love of his life, Nina Hacia. They married in 1981 and
relocated five years later to a home in nearby Idaho Springs, CO, where they resided for nearly
two decades. Finally, in 2002, Doug and Nina bought a beautiful plot of land in Dumont, CO,
where they constructed a ranch-style house and happily lived there through the present day.
Vocationally, Doug held a number of jobs throughout his life, and was especially gifted at
understanding plumbing and mechanics. Never one to shy away from tough work, Doug could
be found throughout the 1980s and 1990s driving a commercial snowplow for the Colorado
Department of Transportation, opening highways along the Colorado Divide. He was able to
operate all kinds of machinery and large vehicles, which came in handy during his many years
working for the Public Works Department of Idaho Springs. Additionally, Doug was also a
shrewd investor with an affinity for figures and business research and was known to his family
and friends as the person you wanted to speak with if you were making a move on the stock
market or needed advice on anything from real estate to household appliances.
When he was not working, Doug enjoyed a number of hobbies and interests. Music was one of
his first and greatest loves. As a young child, Doug was captivated by the sounds of the 1960s,
particularly The Beatles. He began learning drums and guitar in his teens, eventually becoming
proficient on the drums at a professional level. He played many years with bands “Rockslide”
and “Sin City Band.” Doug enjoyed live music, whether it be a live concert or drumming along
to the latest hits on the full drum kit he always had set up at home. He continued playing
drums as a long as his health allowed, and he was always looking for a new rock or blues band
to add to his list of favorites.
An avid outdoorsman, Doug enjoyed nature and wilderness. He was a skilled fisherman and
would happily teach anyone (especially visiting nieces and nephews) how to catch, clean, and
cook fish. His collection of lures was robust, and he could tell you every single thing about
each one like he was being paid to do it. Later in life, he took up golf, and took to the greens
with similar detail and passion.
Doug was predeceased by father Enrico Bertucci (1921-1987), mother Eloise (Peyton) Bertucci
(1926-2003), brother-in-law Alan Dondero (1949-2009), and his beloved golden retrievers,
Aspen and Abby.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Nina (Hacia) Bertucci, his brother Michael Bertucci (Cindy),
his sister Nancy Bertucci-Dondero, his brother Enrico Bertucci, Jr. (Barbara), his brother David
Bertucci (Lesley), his brother-in-law Robert Hacia (Bernadette), his brother-in-law Richard Hacia
(Tess), his brother-in law Michael Hacia (Beth), and mother-in-law Anna Hacia who just reached
the 102-year-old milestone. Additionally, Doug leaves behind over one-dozen nieces and
nephews, a handful of grand nieces and nephews, and countless friends. His loyalty, tenacity,
and dry humor will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial event and celebration of Doug’s life will be held for friends and family at a later
date. In the interim, please join the family in honoring Doug’s life and offering your condolences
during this difficult time.