Services have been set for former San Franciscon 49ers defensive end Dan Colchico, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 76. A public viewing will take place on May 8 at Ouimet Brothers Concord Funeral Chapel at 4125 Clayton Road in Concord, CA, at 5 pm. A funeral service will be held the next day, May 9, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Community Church at 5562 Clayton Road in Concord, CA, at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, Colchico’s wife, Nancy, asked that a donation be made in his name to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery located at 1506 Mendocino Drive, Concord, CA 94521. The Bay Area Crisis Nursery can be contacted by telephone at (925) 685-6633 or online.
After growing up in Port Chicago, Calif., Colchico attended San Jose State University and was later selected by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 1959 NFL Draft. He made his debut in 1960 and remained with the 49ers until 1965, appearing in 67 games (64 starts) during his six-year tenure with the team. He was named the recipient of the 1962 Len Eshmont Award, the 49ers most prestigious annual honor, given to the player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of its namesake. After suffering an injury in 1965, Colchico remained with the 49ers organization for the next two seasons, spending one year assisting with public relations and another as the defensive line coach. He returned to the playing field in 1969, appearing in nine games for the New Orleans Saints before retiring from the National Football League.
Following his football career, Colchico worked as a car salesman, owned a local beverage store and spent numerous summers fishing commercially in Alaska.
Colchico was born on May 27, 1937 in Berkeley, Calif. He is survived by his wife, six children and 11 grandchildren.