Services set for longtime Brighton farmer Pete Palombo

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By The Staff

    BRIGHTON — Pete Palombo, 81, one of the area's most-prominent farmers, died Saturday, Aug. 10, after an auto accident at 136th Avenue and Sable Boulevard.

    According to Colorado State Trooper Nate Reid, Palombo was driving his Honda Accord about 7:30 a.m. Aug. 10 eastbound on 136th Avenue when it collided with a John Deere tractor, driven by 30-year-old Daniel Vasquez, of Brighton.

    Palombo was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Vasquez sustained minor injuries but did not require a trip to the hospital.

    According to the State Patrol, Palombo's car failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection and collided with the tractor, which was in the process of being moved from one piece of farmland to another.

    Palombo was well-known across the Front Range for his roadside market, the offspring of the family farm that sold fresh fruits and vegetables to the community for decades.

    He was the son of Italian immigrants: Floyd Palombo, born in 1908 in Vicalvi, Italy, and Silvia M. Palombo, born in 1909 in Vicenzia, Italy. Pete was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Denver.

Prior to the roadside market, Pete worked for Masonry Incorporated as a bricklayer for 20 years. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church.

Pete is survived by his children, Jeff (Kendra) Palombo, of Platteville, and Laurie (George) Taylor, of Fairplay; sister, Delores Martindale and brother, Angelo Palombo; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie, in 2011, and daughter, Lisa Christofferson, in 2003.

The Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Riverside Baptist Church, 2401 Alcott St. in Denver. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.