Chad MilosevichChad Milosevich, 34, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2011 in Loveland, Colo.
Chad Milosevich, 34, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2011 in Loveland, Colo.
He was born on July 17, 1976, in Englewood, Colo. to Jeffrey and Cynthia Milosevich.
Chad Mathew Milosevich, “Milo,” was an All-American lacrosse player, award winning coach, and true hero.
The cause was due to fatal complications from lung cancer. Chad’s battle with cancer lasted five months. Chad remained very brave and courageous throughout the difficult battle.
Chad’s true passion was lacrosse. By profession Chad worked for our government’s Department of Defense at Northrop Grumman and was a first-responder to our nation’s worst tragedy in history on Sept.11, 2001. Chad graduated with honors from Overland High School in Aurora, Colo., in 1995.
He received countless academic awards as well athletic awards where he became a lacrosse All-Amer- ican and advanced their lacrosse program. Chad made and broke countless high school lacrosse records. Following high school Chad was offered an athletic scholarship for lacrosse and attended the University of Denver for approximately 1.5 years.
From there he attended the University of Northern Colorado, Regis College in Colorado, and had taken many advanced courses in various prominent schools across the country.
Chad was considered a true scholar and was rewarded academically by each school he attended. Chad had been an influen- tial and active member of the lacrosse communities in Colorado for many years. He coached thousands of Colorado kids, and through his passionate coaching and positive example, has turned out some of the best youth lacrosse athletes that Col- orado has ever seen.
Chad inspired those kids, not only on the field, but also in their everyday lives. He gave of himself on a level that most of us can only dream to be capable of.
He was a man of the highest moral quality and a true hero. Chad founded Windsor Lacrosse, a non- profit lacrosse organization in Colorado that provides boys the opportunity to learn and play the game. Chad’s coaching skills were so great that in one season, he took a team of players from Windsor, Colorado who had never played the sport to win a championship that year.
Chad inspired the lives of thousands of children who were fortunate enough to know him. He coached elite invitation-only try-out teams who traveled around the United States to play against the best youth lacrosse teams. His teams have won six jamboree tournaments, has been involved with the “Vail Shoot-Out” as well as many other state and national tournaments.
Chad wanted nothing more than to lead all of his teams to victory and to coach his admirers to the highest levels they could be. Chad was also the founder and owner of Mantis Lacrosse, a lacrosse company wherein Chad was developing his own lacrosse sticks, equipment, and apparel for the lacrosse community.
Lucent Technologies, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman had employed Chad. Chad was honored to be on our government’s World Disaster Team by Lucent Technologies and was flown from Colorado to New York approximately three days following the fall of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in 2001.
Chad was working in the rubble of the Twin Towers for the next four months, which is where he contracted lung cancer that tragically took his life. A co-worker and great friend of Chad said, “You may not know what Chad did in his professional life, but please know that he did great things for this country and really made a difference.”
Chad is preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael Mathew Milosevich, and Karl and Helen Olson, all of Minnesota; parents, Jeffrey Mathew and Cynthia Milosevich; brother Shane Milosevich; and sister Mindy Milosevich, all of Colorado.
He is survived by his uncle, Lonny Milosevich; aunt Karen Lindgren, both of Minnesota; aunts and uncles Tony and Judy Olson of Iowa; Alan and Barbara Olson of Oklahoma, and Kenny and Lois Lane of Texas.
Chad is survived by the love of his life, Angela Maxwell, and the Maxwell children - Dylan, Peter, Grace, Zachary, and Sarah.
Chad is also survived by many cousins, great aunts and geat uncles throughout the country, along with friends and neighbors who have been a part of his life for many years.
Chad’s family appreciates the help, love, and guidance of Peter W. Maxwell, MD and David L. DeVary along with his entire team of doctors at National Jewish Hospital and the Medical Center of the Rockies. Chad’s family’s hearts go out to the endless number of Americans who have been so devastated by the events of Sept. 11.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Windsor Lacrosse would be greatly appreciated, in keeping alive Chad’s dream of teaching the sport of lacrosse to children.
Please direct donations to Windsor Lacrosse, 100 Poudre Bay, Windsor, CO 80550.
Chad would be honored if his players, friends, and family would wear their jersey and/or team related insignias to celebrate his life at his memorial service.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 11th St., in Windsor. View the online obituary, send condolences, and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com.