Benjamin Anthony LaCome

Benjamin Anthony LaCome passed away on Sept. 3. He was born on June 8, 1954 in Leadville to parents Alonzo and Ernestine LaCome.

“Benny,” as he was known to his wife and friends, had an easy-going personality and was well-liked by many. His family said he was known for his quick wit and sense of humor.

LaCome had a love of golfing, camping, hunting and fishing. He treasured going into the mountains surrounding Leadville every summer. LaCome dreamed of the day where he would spend the morning playing 18 holes, the afternoon fishing his favorite spot, and then relaxing the day away on his deck with good music and a sip of whiskey as the sun set.

LaCome excelled in sports in his early years and was an honorary co-captain of his Lake County High School basketball team. After graduating in 1972, LaCome began his working career at Leadville Public Services and the Climax Mine before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1974. Upon completing his basic training, LaCome was assigned to the USS England-22 as a boiler technician and was deployed to Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines and Japan. While stationed in Bremerton, Washington, LaCome married his wife, Lucy, in 1976 before moving to San Diego prior to his honorable discharge. 

Returning from his enlistment, the LaComes came home to Colorado Springs to start their family. That year, Colorado Springs was selected as home for the U.S. Olympic Training Center and LaCome was brought on as their maintenance superintendent. He was later employed with Central States Roofing where he also became a long-standing member of Roofer Union Local 58. Over the next 40 years, LaCome became one of company’s youngest foreman and, according to his family, one of their most valuable leaders. LaCome was a confident, dedicated and hard worker in everything he did, his family said. “He put his heart into it, no matter what it was, and he expected nothing less than 100 percent from those that he worked with,” LaCome’s family noted. He lived life to the fullest and will be missed.

LaCome is survived by his mother; his wife, Lucille; his children, Staci Taylor and Benjamin; his son-in-law Broc Taylor; his brothers, Louis, Lonnie and Moses; and his sisters, April and Josie. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Those wishing to leave condolences or remembrances for LaCome’s family may reach Staci Taylor at 719-360-5684 or staynlove04@gmail.com