December 5, 1964 ~ March 17, 2020

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Brighton, Colorado

Douglas “Doug” Kurt Kelsay, age 55, passed away unexpectedly March 17, 2020 at his home in Brighton, Colorado.

Doug was born on December 5, 1964 in Denver, Colorado. Doug started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and after returning to Colorado became a Deputy Sheriff with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, retiring on July 31, 2018 at the rank of Sergeant.

Doug was larger than life to those whose lives he touched, with a personality to match his physical stature. He was a grizzly bear with a heart of gold. He spent his life dedicated to public service and embodied the true warrior spirit. His dedication to training generations of law enforcement helped to mold and empower an innumerable amount of officers and undoubtedly saved lives. He was extremely proud that his son followed in his footsteps. Doug worked hard and played harder. His one of a kind laugh was unequaled and will echo in everyone’s memories. He loved his family, his friends, his dogs, skiing, traveling, camping, fishing, off-roading and anything to do with the mountains. As a child, he sailed all over the world with his father. He was a husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and friend. The imprint he leaves in the hearts of those who loved him will be everlasting.

Doug is survived by his wife Karmen Kelsay and step-sons Tyler and Nichollas; daughter Amanda Bolejack (Jacob), grandchildren Noah, Benjamin, Addelynn and Emmersyn; daughter Melanie Hutton (Mike), grandchildren Zachary and Lily; son Chase Kelsay; and sisters Kris Bielack and Karen Lundberg. Doug was preceded in death by his daughter Whitney, and his parents Lonnie and Gene Kelsay.

At this time, only private services will be held. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  1. Our Condolences to the entire Kelsey family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Doug will be sadly missed. He has left a void in our hearts and we’ll miss his personality and humor and our dinners together.❤

  2. So unexpected, such a loss. What a guy. Condolences to Karmen and all of the family. I am going to miss him a lot. Enjoyed working with him. He was such a fun guy.

  3. He was a good friend and mentor to my brother Derek, I always heard great things about Doug and how much help he was to my brother early in his career and beyond. Sorry for your loss.

  4. He was a my brother from another mother and true friend. There will be a big void in my house. The loving memories we had together will be cherished. Karmen he’s gone to quick.
    Doug and Teresa Templeton

  5. Our hearts go out to you, Karmen and all of the family and friends Doug has left behind. The void that Doug has left in our family can never be filled. We love him, always have and always will. We will be wearing our Hawaiian shirts forever in memory of Doug.
    Love Mom and Dad

  6. Our hearts are broken and there are no word but I am sorry!! Doug was a good man and he loved his family (blood and blue) with his whole heart!! He will be missed and memories will be told, laughed about and cherished!!

  7. Our greatest condolences to Kelsey family. I will remember Doug for being a great role model to my sister and a very big-hearted man!

  8. I had the honor of getting to know Doug during his exemplary service at the Sheriff’s Office. He was a dedicated law enforcement officer who served as a role model and a mentor for many. The law enforcement community lost a
    hero with his passing but know that there are Officers serving today with a
    little bit of Doug inside. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  9. Keeping all your family in my thoughts and prayers! It is so heartbreaking to lose someone you love so soon. Hold on to all the blessing you had together. Peace be with you!!! Love you my friend!!!

  10. Melanie Amanda and Chase.
    My prayers are with all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. Chase your Dad must be so proud of you following in his footsteps. I remember your Dad, and all of you playing in the front yard in the Neighborhood. Not to long after that realizing we had 2 Chase’s in the Neighborhood and my Chase is now like a Brother to all of you.
    My you find peace, and comfort knowing your Dad is now with the Lord, and your Sister.
    My sincere sympathies to Karmen, and all of your Family.
    Kathy Nichols

  11. Our dippiest condolences to Karmen and her family. We are so sorry to hear about your loss of your husband, best friend and your love of your life. I’m going to miss my friend, mentor and lunch buddy. My heart is bleeding.

  12. Kelsay – We are grateful for your presence in Heath’s life, and honored to know you. Rest In Peace
    Karmen – we are keeping you and your family in our hearts. Please know we are here for you.
    Much love –

  13. I am so terribly sad to hear this news. Doug was always so kind to me. Karmen, you’re in my thoughts and though I haven’t seen you in awhile, I’m still sending you all my love. We’ve got it from here …


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