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Brent William D’Attilo

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Brent William D’Attilo of Carbondale, Colorado, born on June 6, 1972 died unexpectedly in his sleep on Aug. 23, 2010. Also known as “Mr. Brent the Clown.”

He is survived by his mother Karen, his brother Garth (Hilary), his uncle Guy and his father Roger McGehee. He is loved and will be sadly missed as a son, brother and nephew and great friend to many in the Roaring Fork valley, including his landlady Kathleen, her daughter Rosemary and their cats. Madeline and Spirit who claimed him as their own.

Seriously injured in a car accident in 1986, he overcame a head injury and seizure disorder and lived a creative and art filled life, coping well with multiple handicaps. He was a graduate of the San Francisco School of Clowns and spent his days engaging anyone and everyone who needed a smile. He was a true entertainer.



Prior to his accident he had leads in plays and musicals at Aspen Community School and Aspen High School, where he was also a member of the vocal group, “Madd Company”.

He graduated from Basalt High School and attended Columbia College in California, majoring in vocal jazz. He was a fine potter, loved to paint and was a wild African dancer.



He assisted his mother with her Earthbeat Summer Music Camps and was especially gifted in facilitating handicapped and special needs children. He also worked in Yosemite National Park as a junior ranger assistant.

He was an environmentalist, campaigned hard for Barack Obama, encouraged people to give up smoking and to wear helmets when biking and skiing, always trying to improve the lives of those he encountered in his travels. He was a champion of the underdog.

He was a rare and beautiful human being and lived a rich and productive life.

His memorial service included performances by Jan Garret and Ellen Stapenhorst, who were his dear friends. Bobby Mason’s comment at the service was that he loved to have Brent in the audience at his gigs, he said that “even if there were only six people in the audience, Brent got up and danced like it was Woodstock and rocked the house.”

He was very fond of elephants and supported their preservation in India and Africa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Kristal Parks-Pachyderm Power” C/O Karen D’Attilo, PO Box 377 Snowmass, Colorado 81654.


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