Michael Aaron Tracy

December 8th, 1955June 10th, 2022

Michael “Mike” Aaron Tracy was born on December 8th, 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska to Patricia I. Tracy and Julius A. Tracy. He passed away on June 10th, 2022 at the age of 66 at his Broomfield home, surrounded by his family.

Mike attended Columbine Elementary School followed by Burbank Junior High. He graduated from Fairview High School and went on to attend college at the University of Colorado – Boulder. He gained his real estate license and worked as a realtor for 45 years until his retirement. He was part of many different real estate groups throughout the years including Forsyth Realty, Metro Brokers Inc, Wright Kingdom, Range Realty, and First Colorado Realty. Mike started his own company “Tracy Real Estate & Property Management”. He then started doing commercial property and had a joint purchase interest in Boulder. In 2000 he and his new partner ventured to Grand Junction and purchased “Comstock Estates” in Fruita under the name “Grand Valley Development”. In 2001 he took on another partner and later, took on two more. They expanded projects in GJCT, Fruita, Montrose, Delta, Crested Butte.

Mike met his future wife in their junior year of high school, Gaylan Bragg. She became sick and was in the hospital and when she awoke, Mike was sitting on the foot of the bed. After he left, she called her mom to tell her this guy named Mike came to see her and she didn’t even know his last name. After she got out of the hospital, he came to visit her for a couple hours and left four to five of his friends sitting in his car waiting. They started dating shortly after and were married on August 1st, 1976, saving several friends from the “76” Big Thompson flood who were supposed go camping that weekend but came to the wedding instead. They were together for 50 years and would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary this August 1st, 2022.

Mike and Gaylan raised three amazing sons, Michael Jr., Josh, and Thom. Tragically, the couple lost their oldest, Michael Jr., in August 2006 at 26 years old, never knowing what from. This just about killed them but brought them closer together than ever. Throughout the years they lived in Boulder, Lafayette, Broomfield. They purchased a home in Kauai, Hawaii in 2000 after enjoying many wonderful trips for ten years and of course made many, many friends. After having breakfast at a restaurant, they saw someone with a CSU T-shirt on. Mike stopped and talked to them and the next day they were playing golf together. In June of 2013, the family purchased Taharaa Mountain Lodge/Wedding venue in Estes Park and their children helped to run the facility. Mike and Gaylan moved to Estes Park in December of the same year to help babysit their granddaughter. Two more grandkids came along and Mike was in his glory, he loved being a grandfather. They sold the location in June of 2019 and purchased several other businesses in the area, as well as in Loveland and Fort Collins. Mike sold real estate in Estes Park from 2014 to 2021 before retiring in October of 2021 to allow more time for he and Gaylan to travel.

Mike was an avid golfer and was a member of the Estes Park Men’s Golf League. He loved to spend his free time out on the green. He traveled to many states to play golf with his buddies who called themselves the “Clam Bake. He also played with another group of guys every year in Granby and with multiple guys all over Colorado. When he played in Kauai he started playing barefoot, which is where his nickname started.

Mike also enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, playing poker, and being involved in his community. He coached Midget League Football for all of his sons from 8-12 years old then went on to coach another 5 years after his own kids outgrew the program. He also helped coach all three boys with baseball. He was head coach for The Denver Bulls Semi-Pro Football Team for a couple years and was assistant coach for another Semi-Pro Team. He bowled in the National Men’s Bowling League from 1988-2011, traveling to many places over the years for tournaments. Mike was in the Boulder Jaycee’s from 1978-1995 and was President from 1982-1983. Nothing stopped him.

Mike was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on December 6th, 2021. He went through chemotherapy for several months and then had surgery in April of 2022, where they unfortunately found cancer cells on his liver and gallbladder. After the surgery, he had a hard time recovering and his health continued to decline slowly until the day of his passing. His family was by his side every step of the way.

Mike was an Amazing Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather (Papa) Friend, Partner and would do anything for anyone. He let 6 different kids/friends live with them over the years when they needed a place to stay until they graduated from high school or were back on their feet. He never met a stranger, ten minutes after meeting someone

it was like they had known each other for a lifetime. Mike, your legacy will live on in all of us, you taught everyone you met something good.

Michael is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Gaylan; his sons, Josh (Metta) Tracy of Estes Park, CO and their children, Jessica, Harper, Julius, and Maggie; Thom (Mallory) Tracy of Broomfield, CO and their children, Ella and Blakely; sister, Kathy (Don) Townsend of Loveland, CO; brother, Ed (Celenda) Tracy of Highlands Ranch, CO; sister, Susan (Steve) Frank of Flemming, CO; brother, Emery (Cindy) Tracy of Erie, CO; brother-in-law, Bill Bragg of Lafayette, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Mike is preceded in death by his son, Michael A. Tracy Jr. of Broomfield, CO; mother and father, Patricia and Julius Tracy of Boulder, CO; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joy and Bill Bragg of Boulder, CO.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been set up as the “Michael A. Tracy Memorial Fund” at First National Bank of Omaha. Please consider a donation to help off-set the immense medical expenses incurred during Mike’s courageous fight against pancreatic cancer. Donations are accepted to the Michael A. Tracy Memorial Fund in the following ways:

~ Venmo: Username @Gaylan-Tracy

~ Visit any First National Bank of Omaha branch (FNBO.com) and ask to donate to the “Michael A. Tracy Memorial Fund” (Acct. ending in 8963)

~ Checks made payable to “Michael A. Tracy Memorial Fund” can be mailed to the Tracy Family Home (please contact Darrell Howe Mortuary for the address)

 

Gaylan’s Love Letter to Mike

My Love, my Husband,

My Heart was Crushed today.

I thought we had more time with each other. We still had so many adventures to do. Why were you taken from me? Our love story was not done.

I loved you for 50 years. The love we shared was so strong. You were my best friend, my soulmate the love of my life. I still can’t put it together that you are truly gone. It feels like you are away on a golf trip. Maybe you are, but only one far away & I’m sure golfing with Michael. I’m so grateful he was right there waiting for you when took your last breath you were reaching in the air to him.

I just want you both to come home.

I will never forget your contagious smile from the day I met you. We have been through so much together, good, bad, fun & ugly you name it. Losing Michael devastated us but we held onto each other & our bond became even stronger. I cherish the love we shared, the joy you gave us, all the beautiful moments of our life.

I won’t forget your laughter Your generosity your kindness-too everyone you met, your songs oh how I will miss those crazy songs. Your love for our boys & our grandkids was so incredible. You were an incredible husband & father. I will not let them forget you.

You fought so hard & now I have to find peace somehow I don’t know how but I promise you I will someday. It’s going to be so difficult I lost my soul mate how do I survive without you?

Thank you for loving me,

Taking care of me,

For being my rock,

I love you more than anything,

I miss you even more,

My heart is breaking,

You are my one & only,

I will never be the same,

Till I see you again my Love

Services

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 21st from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Darrell Howe Mortuary. A Graveside Service will follow at Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery at 1:00pm.

The family encourages everyone to dress casual or in a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops for the service to honor Mike.

Cemetery

Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, Boulder | Map

Location

Darrell Howe Mortuary | Map

Church

None

Condolences

Dearest Gaylen and Tracy family, Mikey was truly one of the dearest friends I've ever had or will have. The laughs, camaraderie and genuine pleasure we had spending time together was truly priceless. I can only imagine what an amazing and loving husband, father and grandpa he was to all of you. We will forever miss him and love his gregarious laugh and enchanting spirit that always made everyone feel welcomed and accepted. Love You All, Jay Mancuso