Mark Lee Chaffee

April 25, 1950November 16, 2021

Mark Lee Chaffee of Berthoud, Co, passed away suddenly on November 16, 2021. He is survived by his sister, Diane L. (Fred Laroche), Chaffee, his brother, Brian H. (Erin) Chaffee, his nephew, Coulter T. Chaffee and his niece, Carmen N. Chaffee. He is predeceased by his parents, Harold D. Chaffee and E. Lucille Chaffee.

In his hometown of Albuquerque, NM, Mark was an all-around athlete at Sandia High School where he was on State Championship teams in basketball his junior year and in baseball while receiving First Team All-State catcher recognition his senior year. He was offered a basketball scholarship and attended the University of Oklahoma before transferring to Southern Colorado State College where he played baseball. He also played semi pro baseball before continuing his education at Colorado State University where he majored in Sociology and Psychology. At CSU he was a member of the ATO fraternity where he met many lifelong friends. Mark was a member of the CSU Alumni Association and an enthusiastic supporter of CSU’s sports department.

At the age of 20, he began his career in the restaurant industry and managed, owned and operated restaurants for 31 years in the Denver area before purchasing and operating the Berthoud Inn and Events Center from 2001 until 2020, establishing a successful business in the hospitality and catering industry. He shared his experience and expertise by lecturing and providing internships to students in the Masters of Tourism Management Program at Colorado State University. Mark believed it is important to be a participant in the community and active within your industry. Mark was a member of the Professional Association of Innkeepers and Colorado Restaurant Association.

Mark’s passion for being an innkeeper was reflected in his continual quest to deliver a unique one-of-a-kind lodging experience. Mark was a gifted chef and innovative entrepreneur known for preparation of his remarkably creative and delicious breakfasts. Mark was ever the gracious host with a warm handshake, a joke to share and a story to tell. Easy banter characterized his interaction with guests. His attention to detail in the weddings and events he hosted lead to rave reviews and many repeat guests.

Mark was generous with his time with non-profits and community activities as well, including serving as the former president and former vice president of the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce. He founded and passionately directed Berthoud Cares, a nonprofit for Berthoud students. The organization established a Kids Helping Kids Grant Fund which allocates funding raised by Berthoud CARES to support children-in-need in the community and other events to help keep children safe. Mark lived life with vigor, curiosity, playful enthusiasm and caring for others. His breadth of friendships extended from childhood, college days, sports affiliations, business colleagues and those he just met. He had an impact on everyone he came to know. His smile, sense of humor and laugh were infectious. Mark’s dreams included building a home, playing golf, visiting friends around the county and perhaps other adventures only known by the twinkle in his eye!

Mark will be missed.

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A Celebration of Life is being planned for January. Please visit chaffee-10453230 for further details, including donation preferences.


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Terry Hemme

November 29, 2021

Mark was always a warm welcome, hospitable and a good conversation. Mark's passion and support for Colorado State University was undeniable. He hosted a heck of a tailgate, too. He is remembered and will be missed!

Sue Hill

November 28, 2021

I am SO sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I had a crush on him in high school and only saw him at one of the reunions. I thought a lot of him and I will miss him, even just thinking of him made me smile. I had a lot of respect for this guy. My condolences to his family.
God Bless.

Andre Yaacoub

November 26, 2021

I am so sorry. Mark was a great guy. I meet him a year and a half. Great personality big soul. May he Rest In Peace. 🥲🥲🥲.
I will miss him and our conversations.

Marian Martin

November 26, 2021

My condolences on the passing of your "Big Brother". He was the ultimate "Spoiler", made everyone feel special.
Your Suite Mate,

Sheila Jphnson

November 26, 2021

I am an old friend of Spoilers. I worked with him in the 70's and 80's at Govnrs Park in Denver. I shall miss him dearly. He was a great manager and a really good friend. We had a lot of fun together and he was a great guy to hang around with. To all his family I send my condolences and simply put I loved him for being my friend.
Sheila Scahill Johnson

Victoria Getzen

November 25, 2021

"Spoiler" was such a special person, both while we worked at the Colorado Mine company, and when I saw him at several of the places he ran and/owned. One never to forget to offer a smile, a drink, or warm hug. He will be forever remembered by many.

Robert and Christi Michel

November 25, 2021

Mark was a wonderful friend . We helped each other for the last 22 year's. Be the task at Chamber functions, B and B events or clinics at Oleo Acres. Mark always brought a can do spirit and humor to the job. I loved his knowledge on sports especially about the Broncos or Rams. May God bless and welcome him home. We will truely miss him

Don Betts

November 25, 2021

Had many good times and spent a few dollars at Mark's Moondance in Market Center back in the 90s. I considered him a friend. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to friends and family.
Don Betts

Kathy McHugh Bauer

November 24, 2021

So many memories over so many years, going back to CSU days in the '70s to Homecoming at the B&B just a few years ago. I found reviews of the Berthoud B&B on Trip Advisor and my favorite one is, "Mark Chaffee is the coolest man walking, his place and his staff reflect this!" That pretty much sums up Mark and his spirit. I will miss him terribly - a lot of us will.

Alan Bill

November 24, 2021

I met Mark through my colleague, his sister-i-law, Erin Chaffee, at Brian's and Erin's wedding, and a new, fun relationship ensued. My fondest memory is of a mystery party that he hosted in Berthoud that was peppered with great food, boarding accommodations, and most of all, a wonderfully fun and funny time. It is a fond memory that we frequently share with people who, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to meet Mark. I will always cherish my memory of Mark.

Best wishes to Brian, Erin, Diane and all of the extended family and friends. And God bless you all.


Mark Lee Chaffee
April 25, 1950 - November 16, 2021