June 28, 1931 ~ September 4, 2019

Born in: Tulsa, OK
Resided in: Denver, CO

Alan Joseph Coldwell was born on June 28, 1931, the third of five children to Benjamin Franklin Coldwell, Jr. and Josephine Evelyn (Baumeister) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He died in Denver, Colorado on September 4, 2019 at the age of 88-years-old.

Alan attended St. Patrick’s in Sand Springs. He cultivated a boyhood interest in business and relished memories of selling flower seeds, harvesting pecans, delivering newspapers, repairing bicycles, collecting scrap metal (for the war effort), and stocking grocery shelves. He attended Holy Family High School (1948), lettering in football (3) and serving as captain.

He also worked his way through the University of Oklahoma, graduating, debt-free, with a B.A. in business law and finance in 1953. During his collegiate years, he was selected as a “Big Man On Campus,” and held officer positions in the Theta Kappa Phi social fraternity and the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity.

He served in the US Naval ROTC and then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict as a Lieutenant (junior grade) aboard the USS New Jersey. Following an honorable discharge, he married Mary Elaine Lucy, USN/RN on June 25, 1955 and moved to Denver, Colorado. Over the course of his family life and career, he also lived in Laramie, Wyoming, Salt Lake City, Utah, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Alan and Mary raised five children, all of whom survive the decedents: Timothy Coldwell in Washington, DC; Cindy (Rickey) Hebert in Lafayette, LA; Janet (John) Tinucci in Denver; Barbara (Hubie) Daigle in Mandeville, LA; and Stephen (Allyson) Coldwell in Denver.

Alan’s professional career encompassed fifty years as a salesman and sales manager in the financial service industry. He entered the life insurance business in Salt Lake City in 1961, and then became a brokerage manager and subsequently a supervisor and assistant manager in Denver with Aetna. In 1968 he became an agency manager with Union Central Life, then assumed the same position in New Orleans in 1971. He successfully completed studies for the Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1967 and then added the management designation (1969) as awarded by the College of Life Underwriters. He served as a financial planner to the medical industry from 1994 until his retirement. In retirement he continued to invest and manage real estate.

Over the course of his rich and full life, Alan participated in and contributed to the life of his Roman Catholic faith communities—attending retreats, promoting vocations as a Serra member, and serving as a lector. He remained active in civic and social organizations, such as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and college boards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Josephine Coldwell, sister, Jody Carpenter and brother, Dr. Jim Coldwell. He is survived by his sisters, Cathy Paul in Tulsa, OK and Cecile (Paul) St. Louis in Denver; and his 5 children, Tim Coldwell, Cindy Hebert, Janet Tinucci, Barbara Daigle and Steve Coldwell, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; and his loving companion, Marnie Ritter.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 at Horan & McConaty (1091 S. Colorado Blvd.). A Funeral Mass will be held at Risen Christ Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 12 with Reverend Eric Zegeer presiding. All are invited for a light reception following Mass. Alan will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m.

Alan had a lifelong interest in supporting the American Indian—in lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to De La Salle Blackfeet School, 104 First St NW, Browning, MT 59417.

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  1. Que brille sur lui la face du Seigneur.
    Ma compassion et mes condoléances à toute sa famille.
    Fr Pierre Ouattara, General Councilor FSC.

  2. Desideriamo abbracciare e porgere le nostre più sentite condoglianze a Fr. Timothy Coldwell e a tutta la sua famiglia per la perdita di suo padre.
    Roberta e Antonella Spadacini – Casa Generalizia Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiane

    We wish to embrace and send our heartfelt condoleances to Br. Timothy Coldwell and to all his family for the loss of their father.
    Roberta and Antonella Spadacini – Brothers of the Christians Schools Generalate

  3. I remember Allen’s love of Grand Lake, the wonderful Super Bowl party he hosted for the Southeast Catholic Singles and the importance of the Serra Club. Thanks for your generosity, Allen. Prayers for you and your family.

  4. Uncle Alan was always larger than life, and gave the best hugs. I have such fond memories of him and he will be missed. Sending love and support to cousins Tim, Cindy, Janet, Barbara, and Stephen.

  5. Farewell, Good Friend and Buddy, sometimes known to us in New Orleans as “Superbowl Sally”.
    Our NEW JERSEY (BB62) was a fighter and a feeder and a 30-knot speeder (top still classified).
    Fair winds and a following sea for you.
    Tim, Cindy, Janet, Barb & Stephen~~Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Love always, Alice and Bill Crull

  6. Dear Coldwell Cousins,

    We will miss your dad’s fun and loving spirit. I have fond memories of a rivalry playing out between his beloved Sooners and my alma mater WVU Mountaineers. Love to you all during this difficult time.

    Ceci, Deirdre, Michael and Cathy Paul

    PS I’m sure our dad (Harry Paul) is enjoying some fine company with Alan up yonder as we speak.

  7. I would like to express my support to Br. Timothy and his family, and offer my prayers for the eternal rest of his beloved father.

  8. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad and Brother. My sincere condolences to all of you.

  9. Dear Tim & family,
    May God Bless you as you say goodbye to your grandfather. We are remembering you in our prayers. With love from the Woodhouse family (Jeff, Celia, Caroline and Mike)


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