Mario ‘Butch’ D’Amico

Mario ‘Butch’ D’AmicoOur beloved Mario “Butch” D’Amico succumbed to brain cancer and passed peacefully, under excellent hospice care, in his home on April 26, 2018. He shined his loving light, shared his heart, made us laugh, made lifetime friends and blessed so many in his 73 years.

Born in Aliquippa, Pa., Mario traveled a bit, then served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from 1963 to 1966, with an honorable discharge and commendations and vadges. In the 1970s, he moved from Ridgecrest and settled in Sacramento, where he worked for SMUD as a lineman and electrician for 29 years (March 1971 to August 2000).

Mario met his love, Linda Nagy, in 1982 on Halloween night. When Mario transferred to SMUD’s Fresh Pond facility in the mountains, they moved to a secluded mountain cabin/home nearby and made a happy, fulfilled life with skiing, travel, horses, dogs, Koi fish pond, cats, chickens, camping, motorcycle riding, RVing and great friends. He joined the Placerville Veterans group, so important to him, the American Legion Riders group, his church Men’s Group Breakfast meetings, El Dorado Search and Rescue Posse and others, making everlasting pals.

Mario is remembered as a beloved husband, brother, electrician, “the best uncle ever,” a respected friend, expert horseman and motorcycle rider, mountain man, builder, honey-do, family story teller and jokester. He was true to his love of Christ, love of family and love of country. Mario is survived by Linda, his spouse of 35 years, and pets Frankie and Pepe; siblings Toni Holland of Ridgecrest; Patricia Coen, and spouse Steve, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Anthony Cozzucoli and spouse Mary of Mississippi and many nieces and nephews.

Military honors and a graveside service will be held Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park.

— Submitted by the family of Mario D’Amico

Story First Published: 2018-06-08