Don Marcotte, who spent about three decades developing projects along the Front Range and in other states, died on May 23 at a local hospital surrounded by family. He was 66.
The cause was cardiac arrest, according to his son Jason, who added that his father had been battling an autoimmune lung condition over the past 18 months.
Marcotte most recently focused on self-storage projects, including Red Rocks Self-Storage facilities in Golden and Aurora, said Jason, who also works in development. Prior to that, he was director of development for Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners.
Born in 1955 in Aurora, Marcotte graduated from Aurora Central High School and the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied business. He worked as an accountant before turning his focus to real estate in the 1990s, Jason said.
Marcotte worked as director of development for the U.S. subsidiary of the Canadian development firm Bramalea, according to a bio supplied by his family. He was then an executive with Boulder-based O’Connor Group and founding partner of Midtown Group.
Marcotte joined Northstar in 2009. A decade later, the firm said in a news release that, as director of development, he “played an integral role in Northstar’s growth in development.”
Northstar is facing a lawsuit from Amazon and has been investigated by multiple federal agencies in recent years. Company owner and CEO Brian Watson has denied wrongdoing. Marcotte was not involved with Northstar’s northern Virginia data center development deals that are the focus of Amazon’s lawsuit, Jason said.
Projects that Marcotte played a role in developing include a Harley-Davidson dealership in Golden, a Balfour senior living facility in Denver’s Central Park neighborhood and a Welbrook senior living facility in Bloomington, Illinois, according to his bio.
Marcotte’s obituary says he “held enormous love for his family, which extended beyond blood.”
“Don was generous and welcomed all of his friends into his life with open arms, and would constantly provide a joke and share a laugh,” the obituary reads. “He was passionate about the mountains, biking, fishing, hiking, and all that Colorado has to offer. He took great pride in his home state.”
Marcotte is survived by his wife of 38 years, DiAnn Bucher Marcotte, and his sons Jason and Michael, as well as three grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday (today) at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial, followed by a reception at Elway’s Cherry Creek at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Barbara Davis Center.