Eutimio “Tim” Atencio


Eutimio “Tim” Atencio, 72, beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2021, in Richland, Wash., with his loving family by his side.

Tim was born on Sept. 10, 1948, in Del Norte, Colo., to Guillermo “Bill” and Betty (Gallegos) Atencio and was the eldest of 12 children. After graduating from Del Norte High School in 1966, he attended the Holy Family Seminary in Maryland and the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1971, Tim was drafted by the United States Army, and was stationed at Camp Page in South Korea, where he would meet his lovely and beloved wife, OkSu. After leaving the military, he was employed as an electrician by Bonneville Power Administration, retiring after 42 years of service to the United States Government.

Tim and his wife were long-time residents of Richland, Wash., where they raised their children and enjoyed their retirement years. Tim was happiest when he was spending time with his family, especially his many grandchildren. He was a loyal fan of the Denver Broncos, and enjoyed coaching soccer in Richland for many years, where he was known as “Coach Tim”. He had a huge impact on the youth soccer community in his area and will also be remembered for his work in providing guidance and support in making the sport accessible to all youth. When not coaching, Tim enjoyed visiting with his family, playing Cribbage with his children and grandchildren, listening to music while enjoying a warm sunny day, watching his grandchildren play soccer, and reminiscing about his days growing up in the San Luis Valley. His humor, his warmth, his charm, his wisdom, his generous heart, and his love for his family will be greatly missed.

Tim was preceded in death by his father Bill, mother Betty, sister Della, baby sister Rita Mae, baby brother Lester, and his nephews Jason and Mike.

He is survived by his wife OkSu, and children Claudine (husband Paul), Matthew (wife Lyndsey), Andres (wife Wendi), Cynthia (husband David), Christian (wife Laura), and Greg (wife Julianne), his five brothers Tom, Eddie, Randy, Paul, and Ben, and his three sisters Charlene, Mildred, and Janet. Tim has 13 grandchildren, and they are Jaden, Josh, Jackson, Olivia, Joaquin, August, Owen, Eilidh, Sylvie, Maddox, Luna, Peyton, and Sydney.

A Memorial Service to remember and honor Tim will be held on Saturday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Church in Del Norte, Colo. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Del Norte Cemetery, and afterwards, a reception will be held at the High Valley Community Center in Del Norte. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local youth soccer association.