The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been, and the memories we've made along the way.
  • 51 years old
  • Born on February 24, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
  • Passed away on April 29, 2014 in Parker, Colorado, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of Dick Zarba, 51, beloved father, husband, son, coach, and teammate. We will remember him forever. Please feel free to share pictures and stories to help us remember this wonderful man that was loved by so many. 

There will be a Funeral Mass Friday, May 9th, at 6pm at Ava Maria Church in Parker. Followed by a reception of light snacks and drinks at the PACE Center down the street.  We want this to be a time for all of us to celebrate his life. Please bring pictures and stories and lots of love.

"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play."
          - Mike Singletary

A memorial fund has been set up for to assist Janet and the girls. Thank you for your blessings and love.

Posted by Traci Gillen on 24th February 2019
Hey Coach, another bday. Your girls seem to be doing great! Can you believe Tyler only has 2 semesters of law school left? He grew up on us quick. Keep watching down on us. Saying a prayer for all your family to have happy memories of you on your special day (are there any other kind?) Miss you tons.
Posted by Traci Gillen on 29th April 2018
Hey Coach, I don't know what it is about this day. I lost another person close to me again. Maybe you can greet him up there! We are all trucking along. Tyler is one week away from finishing his first year of law school at Gonzaga. I don't know where the time goes. I got the update that Emily is rockin school also, I know your smiling! Miss you tons, keep smiling down on us.
Posted by Traci Gillen on 24th February 2018
Hey Coach, happy birthday!! I know you already know how great Tyler is doing. He's rockin law school. We miss you. Talk about you often. Staying in touch with your family of course! Keep looking down and blessing us with your spirit. Celebrate your life with us, we wil have a drink in your honor, cheers!!!
Posted by Traci Gillen on 30th April 2017
Coach, sure do miss you. Tyler and I were just talking about you the other day. 3 years seems almost impossible. Seems your girls are doing well! Keep watching over us!
Posted by Jan Switzer on 29th April 2017
Miss you Dick. Loved all the times we got together and the wonderful meals we shared. Love you. Jan and Dale Switzer
Posted by Traci Gillen on 24th February 2017
Coach, happy birthday. Giving you an update on Tyler, he's applying to law schools, I think you would be proud! We should know anytime now his test scores and his acceptances. Miss you. You would have loved the Super Bowl outcome, guess you already know that though. God bless. Traci
Posted by Pat Keith on 29th April 2016
Two years since Dick has left us. I cant tell you how many times I have thought of him during this past 2 years. How many times I have wanted to talk with him about a game, a golf tournament, name it. You are truly missed my old friend.
Posted by Daren Dittmann on 29th April 2016
My dad lives in the neighborhood where Dick and his family lived at the time of his passing so I always think of them when I am in the area. Hopefully you all are getting along and able to remember the good times. Take care all.
Posted by Joe Zarba on 29th April 2016
Two years without my brother, I miss the phone calls, I miss the golf, I miss my brother, my friend. If you can hear me, i love you And I hope you are hitting that Tight Lies on every shot
Posted by Jan Switzer on 29th April 2015
Dick, we miss you every day. Our times with you are cherished and tears are shed just thinking of you. May we see you again when we transition to Heaven. Jan & Dale
Posted by Janet Zarba on 29th April 2015
One year. One minute. One lifetime ago. You were our True North.. A fixed location that always points those in need in the right direction. Watch over us and guide us.
Posted by Joe Zarba on 29th April 2015
It has been a year since you left and not a day goes by that I don't think you or miss you, the boys miss their uncle, your dad misses his son, your sister misses her big brother, your friends miss their big friend, and most of all your family misses their dad n husband. You were the center n will always be ours... I miss you bug guy
Posted by Kathryn Cleveland on 29th April 2015
Last night I was so frustrated trying to figure out flight plans....and as usual, thought of you, Dick. Your kindness in always and gladly doing that task for me was just one example of your character. You were such a kind man and it has been a hard year without you. You are so missed- in all the large and small ways that you touched our lives. K
Posted by Traci Gillen on 4th March 2015
Hey Coach, happy birthday! We really miss you. As you know, your favorite football player is moving to linebacker. He will have a bit more fun there I think. Please watch over him, no more knee injuries please. Trent is moving to OL, now I really need your help, I don't know much about Ol, send me coaching tips please. All 3 of your girls are doing ok, Tyler and I make sure of it. I miss you old man. Football season just wasn't the same this year without you. He will make you proud this year, but he always did didn't he? Love you. Traci
Posted by Roxanne Covillo on 24th February 2015
Happy Birthday Dick. The Patriots season was something! I am certain you had the best seat in the house watching your team win the Superbowl. I will always have memories of your passion for coaching kids in football and volleyball. Rest in peace.
Posted by Usama Dahabrah on 20th September 2014
dear janet and zarba family on behalf of la dolce vita italian restaurant in castle pines we express our loss to a great friend and fallen hero dick was a great brother and friend. we are so sad to hear of his passing but his voice and great loving heart will never dissapear found in all who were touched by his great spirit. yes zarba you were la dolcevita the sweet life. here we celebrate your great life
Posted by Joe Zarba on 29th May 2014
I have been very fortunate in my life. I have had the blessing of two truly good parents, a wonderful sister, two great boys, an amazing Love, truly lifelong and loyal friends, but most of all I had a Brother. My brother Dick was my best friend, he was my role model, my confidant, and later in life my greatest supporter and biggest fan. He was always there during the good, the bad, he knew when to put me in my place and he knew when to push me. I am who I am because of my brother. It has been a month since you left us and my world will never be the same. I miss you and love you.
Posted by Jenn Matuschek on 15th May 2014
Dear Zarba Family, My heart is just breaking for your loss. Dick was such a special guy, with that fabulous smile and laugh! I have many a wonderful childhood memory of him, and hope you all can find peace in your own memories of Dick. Sending you all my love and hugs, Jenn
Posted by Todd Childers on 10th May 2014
Dear Janet, Joe, Joe, Jr., Anne, Emily, Sarah and Family, We want you all to know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers and send you our love. Dick was a true gentleman and dear friend who will be missed dearly. Marla and I, as well as Marv and Kay (Mom and Dad), had so many wonderful and fond memories spending special times with your family over the years. We love you and may God be with you.... Love, Todd, Marla, Elizabeth and Deanna Childers
Posted by Joe Stellavato on 10th May 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Posted by Leslie Secrist on 9th May 2014
Dear Janet, Sarah & Emily, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow and loss. We love and support you always! Leslie, Stephen and kids
Posted by Lenny Jones on 8th May 2014
Dick was one of the most special people I have ever worked with. We started out together at Sysco and left around the same memories of him will always be cherished. My condolences to his many friends & family.
Posted by Lauri & Joe Pucci on 6th May 2014
To the Zarba family. It has been a very long time since the family lived in Village East where we were neighbors. Have seen Joe (father) and Anne a few times. Our prayers are with the whole family at this time and wish you all the very best. We will be at the Friday service with others from the "old" neighborhood.
Posted by Sean Vasey on 6th May 2014
Janet, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Posted by Traci Gillen on 6th May 2014
Coach, there isnt many things more special than watching your son play the game of football. But watching you and the joy you got from seeing Tyler being successful on the field and the way you "coached him up" after every game, from little league through college was just as special. Not many coaches get to coach a player that many years. How lucky was Tyler to have you in his life, both on and off the field. And how lucky was I to get to watch that relationship flourish. Thank you for being there for him and for never missing a game. In 7 years you never missed a game. He loved you for that, and so did I.His last two years of college games will not be the same without you coaching and sitting with me in the stands. We love you and will miss you and all your wisdom. May God bless you Janet and the girls. Thanks for sharing him with us all of these years.
Posted by Mari Riddile on 5th May 2014
Dear Zarba Family, It breaks my heart that I won't be there with you all for Dick's MemorialService (my doctor vetoed it). You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard the heartbreaking news about Dick last week. I have so many wonderful memories of all of you ( big Joe and my dad singing on the back patio while the rest of us were swimming, Elaine trying to teach me to make baklava - it didn't work, Dick kneeling on the field, close to tears after loosing a playoff game, Joseph, being Joseph and making everyone laugh, Annie and I critiquing reruns go MASH, Visiting Janet and Dick in Grand Junction, On the Road Again' and so many more). You made me part of your wonderful family, were a treasured part of my youth and I am promising myself to keep in better touch. I know God will hold you close to His heart now and give you peace in the loss of your 'gentle giant'. I Love you all! xoxo Mari PS - Joseph, if you can while your home please call me. I'll message Annie my numbers.
Posted by Daren Dittmann on 5th May 2014
I am sorry for your loss to the Zarba family. Dick was a "great" big guy and will be missed by all.
Posted by Bob Schlagel on 5th May 2014
You were a Friend and a teammate for ever. You will not be forgotten
Posted by Roxanne Covillo on 5th May 2014
To the Zarba family: Our sympathies on your tragic loss. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you as you need strength to get from one hour to the next. We will be unable to attend the service but we will be thinking of you on that day and many more to come. We have nothing but good memories of Dick as a wonderful husband, father, coach, and friend. With much love, Wayne, Roxanne, TJ and Amber
Posted by David Williams on 4th May 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time. David Williams
Posted by Bruce Keith on 4th May 2014
Janet and girls..When we think of Dick, we think of his great smile, his kind demeanor and the way he personified class and dignity. He was a true gentleman who was a blessing to have as a friend. Love, Bruce and Cheryl
Posted by Rita Starkey on 3rd May 2014
To the Zarba Family, Lifting you all up in prayer during this difficult time. May God wrap you in a blanket of strength and peace knowing Dick is with his Lord & Savior. Sending much love to you all. Rita Polniak Starkey
Posted by Jan Switzer on 3rd May 2014
we love you Dick, you will always be in our hearts and be a shining light for your family and for us.
Posted by Leslie Arnold on 3rd May 2014
Janet, I want to go back to being 7 years old, playing barbies in your backyard and not having to morn your wonderful husband. Dick was the definition of a kind, gentle and loving husband, daddy, brother, son and man. He will so be missed. Love from the Arnolds
Posted by Pat Keith on 2nd May 2014
My friend. You were always there. You were the best I ever knew. You will be there moving forward, each and every game day. Always.
Posted by Jeanne Morris on 2nd May 2014
Annie I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family! Jeanne and Greg
Posted by Tim & Cindy Donohoue on 2nd May 2014
Janet: You are in our thoughts and prayers! May God hold you tightly during this time of sorrow. Love you!

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