Michael Colpo was a bright light in the lives of many. Mike's quality as a friend, brother, son, and husband was simply extraordinary and to say he will be missed is a gross understatement. He was an avid outdoorsman, a brilliant writer, and one of the most thoughtful and caring individuals we will ever know.

Mike grew up in Delaware and spent his formative years in and around Lewes with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He had a keen intellect and skipped sixth grade on his way to graduation at Cape Henlopen High School. He went on to earn an English degree from the University of Delaware. His appreciation for the written word and his adventuresome spirit led him to the University of Nevada at Reno where he completed his Masters in Literature and the Environment.

Reno proved an excellent home base for backcountry excursions far and wide and Mike found a professional home there at Patagonia. He also found a partner worthy of his quality. Mike married Liz Mosco this summer in a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by loved ones.

Mike passed away unexpectedly on December 7th at work, while running the trails near Patagonia like he often did. He was 36 years old and, although his time with us was far too short, that he spent his final moments out-of-doors, moving in the nature he loved, is fitting. Far more important than the way he died, though, is the way he lived.

These pages are to serve as a testimony to the everlasting impact Mike has made on this existence. Mike was a beloved member of so many families - please share your memories so that we all can celebrate his life together.

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“ Be resilient, be determined, be aware, and be happy. ”

Mike Colpo

A Collection of Comments...

  • My friend, my brother, you have made this world a better place.

    Posted by Mark Hughey on December 11, 2011 3:23 pm

  • Mike's life WILL be celebrated by all that knew and loved him. His love will never leave those he touched. - Gus Rehnstrom

    Posted by Mark Hughey on December 12, 2011 5:42 pm

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  • Born: 1975

    Wilmington, Delaware

  • Married:

    Elizabeth Mosco

  • Interests

    Mike loved the outdoors and reveled in the experience of it. He hiked, biked, skied, backpacked, climbed, snowshoed, and whatever else is possible outside. He was an instructor for the Northern Outdoor Leadership School and treasured his time teaching others to appreciate the mountains he loved so passionately. Mike loved to cook and whether it was over a campfire or in the kitchen, the recipe always included love. His meals literally created community. Mike was an amazing writer. He could craft a story with such eloquence and humor, it was impossible not to thoroughly enjoy anything he wrote.

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