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In Memory of

Diana Marie Menapace

December 22, 1946 - December 26, 2017

Obituary


Diana Marie Menapace passed away on December 26, 2017.

Diana was born on December 22, 1946 in Denver, CO to Donald Neithercut and Jeanne Watson
Neithercut who passed away in 1951. Donald remarried Laurabel Hess who lovingly raised
Diana.

After graduating from Wheatridge HS in 1965, Diana received a Bachelor and Masters Degree in
Microbiology from Colorado State University.

Before beginning her career at the Forest Service, Diana did research on Bovine Bluetongue at
the Federal Center. She then moved to Laramie WY to do research at the ARS Honeybee
Research Lab...

Diana Marie Menapace passed away on December 26, 2017.

Diana was born on December 22, 1946 in Denver, CO to Donald Neithercut and Jeanne Watson
Neithercut who passed away in 1951. Donald remarried Laurabel Hess who lovingly raised
Diana.

After graduating from Wheatridge HS in 1965, Diana received a Bachelor and Masters Degree in
Microbiology from Colorado State University.

Before beginning her career at the Forest Service, Diana did research on Bovine Bluetongue at
the Federal Center. She then moved to Laramie WY to do research at the ARS Honeybee
Research Lab where she was the first scientist to discover the invasive intestinal Mite that
resulted in many significant scientific publications on the Colony collapse of the Honeybees in
our country.

Diana then moved to the Regional Office of the Forest Service in Lakewood CO. In the RO, Diana
worked in the Planning Department as a National Environmental Policy Act Specialist reviewing,
editing, and ensuring compliance of environmental documents, categorical exclusions, and
assessments. She also provided support for the Appeals and Litigation department. She served
as the Region's National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator and had a vast knowledge and
background in making sure that the important requirements of NEPA documentation and
disclosure were done properly. She was instrumental in compiling a complete NEPA Library that
was available online for others to follow, establishing standards for quality and content, and
teaching documentation standards. In addition to her work in the Rocky Mountain Region, Diana undertook key roles in Environmental Impact statements supporting the Herger-Feinstein
Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act on behalf of the Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National
Forests. She was also an integral part of the Roadless plan and instigation. Diana worked in the
Region from 1990 until 2007 when she retired.

Diana was an accomplished Classical Pianist and loved feeding and watching birds at home and
internationally. She loved her many pets, both Dogs and Cats. She was an active scrapbooker
who loved compiling memories of her Grandchildren, Family, and Travels.

Diana was very active at Wheatridge United Methodist Church, including playing in the Bell
Choir and as a member of WRMC Finance Board.

Diana is preceded in death by her Parents, and her Brothers, Larry and Douglas Neithercut.
Diana is survived by her husband David, Son Darin and Daughter Danielle, Grandchildren Ava,
Logan, and Lana, her Brother Loren Neithercut (spouse Victoria Schleyer), Sister-in-Law Caroline
Quine Neithercut, and Nieces Hazel and Pearl Neithercut.

A Memorial service for Diana will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Wheatridge
United Methodist Church at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Diana's honor to the Rocky
Mountaineers Memorial Grove Fund, a Non-profit 501(C)(3) at www.rockymountaineers.us