Nick Cappanno, father of 2, killed in Revenue Virginius mine accident in Ouray County

OURAY COUNTY, Colo. - One of the two men killed in a Colorado mine on Sunday was working there so he could spend more time with his family.

Nick Cappanno and Rick Williams died of carbon monoxide poisoning in an incident at the Revenue Virginius mine in Ouray County that is still being investigating.

Cappanno leaves behind a wife and two young boys, two and five years old.

"It was a means to an end," said Josh Freed, a close friend of Nick Cappanno's. "He had aspirations of being a farmer, walking through fields with his sons."

Cappanno had only been with the mine for a short time. He had been working in the oil field business in supervisory roles, but wanted to spend more time with his family.

"He didn't like being gone for a week, ten days at a time," said Freed. "So, even though he knew the mining could be dangerous, he knew he could be home with his family by 5 every night."

"He loved farming and beer -- hops and barley," said Freed.

Cappanno was also very active in their church, volunteering to teach Sunday school for children and helping with his time and talents, Freed said.

"My heart just goes out to his wife, and his boys who now have to grow up without their father," said Freed. "But this community will come together around them.  We will raise them together."

Cappanno's family has setup the Cappanno Family Memorial Fund through Alpine Bank. Donations may be made at any branch around the state or online at

The second man killed in the mine was Rick Williams. Learn more about him:

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