February 21, 1944 ~ October 4, 2019

Born in: Denver , Colorado
Resided in: Westminster , Colorado

Michael J. (Mick) Villano, 75, passed away in his home Friday, October 4th, 2019, surrounded by his adoring family.

Born February 21, 1944, Mick Villano was a Colorado native, and a proud grandson of an Italian immigrant from Potenza, Italy. The Villano family built their home and farm in the Welby district of North Denver, where Mick grew up alongside his mother, father, sister, and a close extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mick graduated from Mapleton High School in 1962 where he played baseball, football, and earned his place as an all-conference wrestling champion during his senior year. Shortly after completing his first year of college at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, he met the love of his life, Della, who later became his devoted wife of 55 years. They began their married life in a small home in North Denver during which time Mick served in the Army Reserves and worked as an electrician. In 1973, Mick and Della built a house in Arvada, Colorado, the place they called home for the next 24 years, raising two daughters, Lori and Mikki. In 1997, Mick and Della moved to their final home together in Westminster, Colorado.

More than anything else, Mick enjoyed time spent with family and friends. Whether it was family Sunday dinners at home, visiting his cousins’ farm, taking a ride “up the hills” with friends to try his luck in Blackhawk, or lively conversation at his weekly breakfast gatherings, Mick was happiest simply being with the people who meant the most to him.

Mick is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Della; two daughters and spouses, Lori Miller and Greg Miller; Mikki Villano and Shane Ballinger; two grandchildren, Carson and Cameron Miller; sister, Roxanne Villano; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and relatives.

A funeral service in memory of Mick Villano will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located at 2361 E. 78th Avenue, Denver CO 80229.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Please share your memories of Mick and condolences with his family below


Funeral Mass: October 17, 2019 11:00 am

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
2361 East 78th Avenue
Denver, CO 80229

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  1. Della, Lori & Mikki,
    Our hearts go out to you. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dana & Steve Ihme

  2. Mikki was my childhood hero. He and Della took care of me and my sister when my folks went out of town. So many memories and stories i don’t know what to share. He will always have a special place in my heart. Always a friend, family, and my hero.

    Mikki and his Dad bought Olympic Bowl from my parents and were always a part of the family. My Mom thought of him as a little brother.
    Special person, friend and family. Love 💘you always

    Brenda Palmer, Cheryl (Palmer) Shepherd ,and Mona Nance Perez

  3. Mick was a very fun guy. He always had a smile on his face and I enjoyed visiting with him at church. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.

    God has blessed us all who knew you.

    Don & Anne Green

  4. The Villano family holds a special place in my heart. So many great memories of spending time with Mick and Della and the girls when they were little. Mick will always be in our hearts! Hugs and prayers for everyone!

    Love Cheri Shepher

  5. Mick was a great person, Christian, father, husband, and friend. Everybody enjoyed Mickey. He was that kind of guy with a golden personality and presence that made everybody feel good. What a gift for everyone around him. My most memorable experience about Mickey was when a group of 16 family and friends traveled to Italy in 1995. A couple of times Mick imitated John Wayne. the Duke, and that’s what I called him from then on. I had so much admiration for him. I will miss ‘the Duke’, Mickey, and will never forget those great memories. God bless Della and the entire Villano family.

  6. Mickey was the best, I remember him growing up I always thought he was so tall. I will cherish all the memories we had especially when we went to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and the look on his face when we got of the roller coaster that did, dip, spins, and figure eights. what fun. Rest in peace Mick you will always be in our prayers and thoughts.
    Della, Lori, Mikki, and family May God always be with you. Love You all

  7. The entire family is in my heart and thoughts. I’m sorry for your loss and hope you know this loss is felt by all who knew Mick.
    God Bless


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