Salvatore "Sal" MiceliMay 5, 1966 ~ January 29, 2017 (age 50)
Salvatore (Sal) Philip Miceli lost his courageous battle with brain cancer on January 29, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Rosario Miceli of Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by his loving wife Kristina Mickus Miceli, three children, Philip, Alexander, and Dominic, his mother Cheryl Ennis Miceli, his siblings and their spouses, Ann Miceli Steele of Jacksonville, FL, Beth and Mick Miceli Cooper of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Jacksonville, FL, Nick and Lisa McNeece Miceli of Indianapolis, IN, Kris’s parents Stan and Helen Mickus of Superior, CO, Kris’s siblings and their spouses, Tom and Joan Mickus of Superior, CO, Bob and Laina Mickus of Highlands Ranch, CO, and his six adoring nieces and nephews, Bradshaw and Brandon Steele, Andrew and Gabriella Cooper and Spencer and Jessie Mickus.
Sal was born on May 5, 1966 in Indianapolis, IN, and grew up primarily in Colorado, spending his high school years in Breckenridge. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1988. He continued his education at CU and received a Masters of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1989.
During his undergraduate tenure at CU, Sal met his future wife, Kris Mickus, during summer school, when Sal helped her to “tune her oscilloscope” in electric circuits lab: it was love. They were married on May 25, 1991 in Boulder at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and quickly settled into their new life together in Sunnyvale, CA. Sal worked at Lockheed while in California and the pair enjoyed several honeymoon years exploring Northern California and beyond. The merger of Lockheed and Martin Marietta in 1996 gave them the opportunity to move back to their beloved Colorado and they settled in the beautiful Ken Caryl Valley.
In 1999, and after 8 years of career-focused life, Sal and Kris welcomed their first son, Philip Salvatore, on March 12. Shortly thereafter and after developing a fondness for personal finance, Sal started his own business, Miceli Financial Planning. This allowed him to work from home, alongside Kris in her software developer role, and help raise their children. Alexander Nicholas joined the family on May 2, 2001. Dominic Anthony was born February 27, 2003. Life was good, and Sal adored participating in all school, music and sporting activities, including taking up guitar with his son, Phil and coaching soccer for Phil, Alex and Dom.
In the summer of 2010, Sal was diagnosed with a brain tumor after experiencing numerous, small seizures. Surgery to remove a large percentage of the tumor was successful and Sal was able to enjoy progression-free tumor growth for five years. However, the tumor recurred in late summer of 2015, which required him to transition his business to his partner and focus on his health and his family. He bravely fought the battle for another year and a half, enduring numerous surgeries, chemotherapy and two strokes that weakened his right side. In January of 2017, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia as a result of all the chemotherapy. Sal passed away at home with his family by his side several days later.
Sal was quite special in our eyes, as well as so many others. He had a tremendous love for his family, friends and anyone who was lucky enough to meet him. His love for life was unprecedented and his amazing smile captured you as soon as you saw him. His adventurous and live-life-large spirit took him to numerous places with his family, several trips to Europe, Africa, South America and all over North America, even as he was battling health challenges. His kind heart overwhelmed all who knew him and he will be forever missed.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 10:30AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6853 S. Prince Street, Littleton. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday as well, 5-9pm at the Dakota Lodge, 14422 West Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton, CO, 80127.
In lieu of flowers, Sal’s family requests that donations be made to his memorial fund, available at https://www.gofundme.com/salmiceli