Richard James Edelen
Richard James Edelen, aged 69 passed away on November 28, 2023 in his home with his family beside him. Rick was born February 25, 1954 in Denver, Co to Beulah and Gerald Edelen.
Rick met the love of his life, Donna, while attending Golden High School. They met on Donna’s first day of high school and the two married July 1, 1972. Rick and Donna have built a beautiful life raising three wonderful children, Jim, 50 (Tammy), Shane 48 (Ashley), and Victoria, 44 (Nate). Fourteen beautiful grandchildren and 4 great grand babies and as Rick would say, and 1 in the hopper.
Rick began his career in concrete flatwork, starting at J&D Concrete then to All States Concrete Pumping with his father in law and Nissen Concrete before a long standing career at Peterson Concrete for many successful years. In 1995, Rick took a leap of faith by following his dreams and opened his own business, Denver Concrete Services. The business was ran from his home until he saved enough money to buy land, build an office and shop in 2000. DCS became the largest residential flatwork company in Colorado, which is still fully operational and ran by his sons.
In 2000 Rick attended his first of many SCI conventions which blossomed his passion for hunting around the world. In 2013 he earned the Hunting Award for achieving well over 220 species, and in 2017, Rick was honored with the Safari Club International World Conservation Hunting Award and also presented with one of six World Hunting Rings, in Las Vegas. He also has received many awards including 2 Grand Slams, Animals of Africa - Gold and 5 - Diamond Awards. Rick was asked to share what got him into hunting; I first became interested in hunting as a young boy, I went out with my dad every chance I could. Before I was old enough to drive, my mom would take me out to a field and leave me there so I could hunt small game. I took a long break from hunting while raising my family. My children and some of my grandchildren have hunted with me numerous times. Hunting has allowed me to travel the world and to see things that a tourist would never see, I love the adventure of it. I have completed the Capra 30, Ovis 20 and the North American 29. My favorite hunts are mountain hunts for sheep and goats. I am a life member of Grand Slam, Ovis, Wild Sheep and SCI.
In 2018, Rick chose to try photography and as he would say he was a photo hobbyist who dabbled in photography and has a lot to learn. Needless to say, his family, friends and strangers from around the world strongly disagreed as his photos captured the way of life many will never see. As one guide stated, when
Just picking strawberries Rick would enter a remote village, or crowded marketplace, he instantly greeted strangers with his beaming smile. In the markets, he’d hug the vendors and joke around with people. He was like the Pied Piper with kids in every country he visited, with a multitude of fans in tow. Often times he’d he’d buy a round of sodas or ice cream for the kids that gathered around him.
Rick visited 115 of 195 countries. Since 2003 he traveled to Africa 29 times. He built a stunning home for Donna in Mazatlan, Mexico. No matter where his travels took him, he always remained connected to his family at home as he was a devoted family man and loved them most. He made a goal to create a family that grew together. His family is his treasure. He lit up a room while speaking of them.
Rick is proceeded in death by his father Gerald, mother Beulah and brother Bill Edelen. He is survived by his sister Judy (Ron) brother Donald (Jan) and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews.
Rick loved to get together with the ones he loved, sharing stories and creating memories. We will be celebrating the life of our beloved hero on Saturday, March 16, 2024 in Denver, Co. from 1-4pm. Exact location to follow. We would love for you to share how Rick made an impact on your life by visiting
In lieu of flowers Rick, Donna and family would prefer donations to
Denver Santa Claus Shop - https://www.denversantaclausshop.org/donate/
Center Of Health and Hope - http://www.centerforhealthandhope.org/
Celebration of Life
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Cause of Death
High SchoolGolden High School
My dear friends, I am just learning of Rick’s passing. My heart breaks for all of you! Rick was a gentle soul and a very loving man! He would light up at the mention of his family! He loved Donna with his whole heart! He loved all of his family. I was fortunate to be your banker Rick. I enjoyed visiting with you and your family when you all would come to the bank! I will miss your photos on FB but I can only imagine the beauty you are seeing now! Until we meet again my friend!
My condolences to the Edelen Family on the loss of Rick. He was a true light in this world. I have fond memories of him organizing a bike ride years ago here in Mazatlan. We rode along the beach, and hopped on the Playa Sur panga. He showed us his safest route through the neighborhoods to Centro. After a great ride on the Malecon we stopped for ice cream and sat on a bench in the Plaza. Rick, who had been around the world many times, was just as content to be on that bench with friends, enjoying his ice cream cone, as he would be in some exotic part of the world. Over the years, I have taken that bike route often, and I always think of Rick and smile. That day was one of my fondest memories of Mazatlan and Rick. Godspeed Rick and happy hunting. Your friend, Claire
Uncle Rick will be deeply missed. I’m absolutely heartbroken about his passing. He was the most kind, sweet, humble and amazing man. He always made everyone feel welcome and brought so much joy and light to life. I absolutely loved watching his amazing travel adventures and seeing his beautiful photography. 💔
The world lost an incredible person yesterday. This death has truly left a notch in my heart. Richard was always so kind, laughing and made you feel loved whenever you were in his presence. He lived one hell of a life and built a beautiful life at that. Uncle Rick will be very missed. He impacted so many. 💔
My favorite memory that I think of way too often was when he came to GJ to visit Katie in college and we met them for breakfast at Dennys. We sat down and the server greeted us promptly. We ordered our drinks and Rick said we’re ready to order breakfast too. I was like wait a minute I haven’t had a chance to look yet! He looked at me straight in my eyes and said “eggs, potatoes, meat and toast. What the hell else do you need for breakfast?” Then proceeded to order his breakfast and the girls chimed in right after him. Makes me laugh to this day! Especially because I serve breakfast.
Jul 1, 1972
Feb 25, 1994
Dads 40th Birthday celebration in Jamaica
Jul 1, 1997
25 year vow renal - Jamaica
Dad and Mom living the camel life in Egypt
Grandpa and the grandkids went to Cancun
Apr 18, 2011
Trekking through the Inka Trial to Machu Picchu
Nov 12, 2011
My wedding day
Feb 2, 2017
World Hunting Conservation Award
Jun 13, 2018
Diving in the Kelp National Forest - Catalina Island
Jul 5, 2019
Pole Creek Golf - Granby Co
came on a photo workshop with me a few years ago. I didn’t know him long but his joie de vivre was immediately apparent. I’m pretty sure he could befriend anyone! So sorry for your loss.
Jun 20, 2022
Breakfast with Dad
Jul 1, 2022
Jul 1, 2022
My Dad and Mom playing Newlyweds Game for their 50th Anniversary, it was a joy to hear their stories and witness the love of a life time.
Jul 2, 2022
Family Cruise celebrating 50 years of marriage
Mar 12, 2023
His dedication to get just the right angle in Vietnam
Mar 15, 2023
I love sneaking a pic of my Dad capturing us, he’s not the biggest fan of getting his pic taken but I love taking them more now than ever. - Vietnam