John Batista Pilati |

John Batista Pilati

John Batista Pilati

John Batista Pilati, 103, of Glenwood Springs, passed away March 20, 2009, at Valley View Hospital, surrounded by his family.

John was born Jan. 14, 1906, in Segundo, to Henry and Nancy Pilati. When he was 3 years old, the family moved to Aguilar.

His first love was electricity, and he graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago in 1929. Because of the Great Depression he could not find a job in that field, so he became an auto mechanic.

He moved to Glenwood Springs and married Rose Bendetti Sept. 17, 1938. He worked at various auto dealerships including Richards Buick, Lincicome-Wood Motors, JV Rose Motors, Revier Equipment and Mattivi Garage in New Castle. He also worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) during the time of the Manhattan Project in World War II.

He was very active person and did not retire until he was 72. He did his own yard work into his 90s.

John is survived by his wife; daughter Sharon (Butch) Blanco; grandson Gabe (Wendy) Chenoweth; and great-granddaughters Amanda, Melanie and Melinda.

He was preceded in death by son Dannie; sister Linda; and brother Oliver.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in the memory of John Pilati to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs.

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