Denis George Colomb Sr. died Sunday and went home unexpectedly to be with his Lord and Father. Denis was the beloved husband, son, father and dear friend to those whose lives were touched by him.
Denis was born in New Orleans on Oct. 11, 1950, to Joyce Colomb Taylor and the late Edgar Colomb. Upon graduation from high school Denis received a scholarship to attend Massachusetts Technical Institute (MIT) but instead elected to serve his country by enlisting in the Army in 1969. After completing two years of active duty, including a tour of duty in Vietnam and attaining the rank of Sergeant, Denis entered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and specialized in satellite imaging technology. He remained with the CIA until 1992 at which time he entered the private sector. In 1999 Denis and his wife Tressa started eDocs USA Inc., a document imaging business that specializes in medical records imaging.
Denis met the love of his life in Washington, D.C., and he and Tressa (Orizotti) Colomb were married in Jamaica on April 8, 1995. After coming to Montana to meet the Orizottis, Denis fell in love with the Big Sky Country. Denis loved Butte and was an active member of the community.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Denis is survived by wife, Tressa (Orizotti) Colomb; mother, Joyce Colomb Taylor; five children, Denis Colomb Jr. of Kansas City, Okla., Ross, Alyson, Josh, and Michael Colomb of Atlanta; two grandchildren; brother, Ed (Manny) and Lisa Colomb of New Orleans; three sisters, Juanita and Jerry Nehlig of Poplarville, Miss., Debbie and Glen Jaufre of Poplarville, Miss., Cheryl and Luis Ceurvas of New Orleans; and Tressa's parents, John and Mary Carol Orizotti of Butte. Also surviving are Rick and Mary Orizotti, Ed and Patty Orizotti, and Tom Orizotti of Butte, Tony and Lisa Orizotti of Anchorage, Mike and Johnna Kerr of Seattle, Brad and Tara Leonard of Missoula, and numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and a grandnephew.
The family will receive visitors Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church with services at 10 a.m. Donations are requested to be made to Butte Central Catholic Schools or a charity of the donor's choice.
"Denis was truly a man of God who exemplified his faith and trust in the Lord through his kind and gentle spirit. We love you Denis."