Ex-pris­ons chief, founder of Boul­der Air­porter dies at 90

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

Frank Dell’Apa, an ex­pert in the cor­rec­tions field who headed the Colorado Prison As­so­ci­a­tion and fell in love with the Rocky Moun­tain West, died this month at 90.

Dell’Apa also once led the cor­rec­tions pro­gram for the West­ern In­ter­state Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in Boul­der. He founded the Boul­der Air­porter shut­tle, as well, be­com­ing one of the early pioneers of such busi­nesses in Colorado.

Ac­cord­ing to son Frank Jr., the pa­tri­arch died March 14 in New Or­leans of heart fail­ure.

Af­ter serv­ing in the Navy dur­ing World War II, he was ac­cepted to Stan­ford Univer­sity. But on the way to Cal­i­for­nia, he stopped to visit friends in Den­ver and changed his plans.

“He fell in love with (the city) be­cause of the cli­mate and just the op­por­tu­nity to do all this stuff,” his son said. “He liked to play golf and ski. He got to love Den­ver re­ally well.”

Dell’Apa en­rolled at the Univer­sity of Den­ver and re­ceived a bachelor’s de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy in 1951, then a mas­ter’s de­gree in crim­i­nol­ogy from the Univer­sity of Notre Dame in 1955. He re­ceived a doc­toral de­gree in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of North­ern Colorado.

Dell’Apa, born in Hib­bing, Minn., was also a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer for Den­ver.

He is sur­vived by his wife — Edith — a daugh­ter and three sons, as well as five grand­chil­dren and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

His fam­ily said ar­range­ments for a me­mo­rial ser­vice are pend­ing through the Nep­tune So­ci­ety of Me­tairie, La.

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