James "Jim" Daniel West, 47, died December 31 after a brave 7 year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born November 21, 1965 in Starkville, MS; attended public schools in Cary, NC and Norman, OK, where he graduated high school with honors. He graduated from the University of Texas Austin with a BSEE-Computer Major and the University of Alabama with a MSEE. Jim was a gifted computer software engineer, writing test programs for various companies during his career including NASA, Lockheed-Martin, Carrier Access and Summitek Instruments. He resigned from his work the first of May, 2012, when ALS impacted his ability to effectively continue. During his career he was active in IEEE in the Denver Section. After his ALS diagnosis, Jim and his wife invested time and effort into raising funds for ALS research through Augie's Quest, a special fundraising effort of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He continued to give support and encouragement to other persons with this diagnosis and their families. Jim was a brave and courageous man who will be missed tremendously. His final gift was the gift of life via organ donation. Jim is survived by Lecia, his wife; sons Logan and Vincent; parents Andrea and Leonard West of Centennial; brother Pat West of Steamboat Springs, sister Marta West of Centennial; nephews Alexander Kollars; nieces Elena Kollars ,and Harper West; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A visitation reception will be held Thursday, January 3,7-8:30 pm and a Memorial Service, Friday, January 4, at 11 am at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial, 80112. Jim desired that memorial donations be made to ALS TDI, 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA, 02139 (www.als.net/donate) or to Donor Alliance at www.DonateLifeColorado.org.
Published in Denver Post on Jan. 4, 2013