James F. Anderson, Jr., longtime resident of Black Forest, CO, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2014, at the age of 97.
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He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Marian, his three brothers, and his four sisters, including his twin.
He is survived by his daughters: Myrna Watt and Sheila Lee;
granddaughters: Ginger Mallard, Amber Watt, Rebecca Watt, and Jackie Carter; and great grandson, James Nielsen.
Jim was born in Omaha, NE, on December 7, 1916. He spent his youth on a homestead in WY, and moved to Denver, CO, as a young man.
Between 1941 and 1946, he traveled to Johnston Island and Hawaii in the Pacific as a carpenter working for an engineering company. While on Oahu in 1942, he met the love of his life, Marian, at a dance. In 1946 he returned to Denver, CO. A few months later, Marian followed. They were soon wed and started a family. In 1954 the family moved to
the Black Forest where Jim and Marian, along with Jim's brothers, built the house that Jim and Marian lived in for the rest of their lives.
Throughout his career, Jim was involved in many projects, most notably the construction of Tripler Army Medical Center, the Air Force Academy, including the chapel, and the Broadmoor West. He was a member/honorary member of the Carpenters' Local #515 for 72 years.
Jim was also an active member of his local community. He was instrumental in establishing School District 20, where he was a founding member of the PTO. He also built the original Black Forest Fire Station and was a member of their board for many years.
In addition, Jim was a teller of tales; a chewer of Copenhagen, a cheater of death; a recorder of license plates; an eater of ice cream; a builder of fine things; a rider of the brakes and the gas; a protector of animals; a taker of risks; a pusher of opinions; a modifier of machinery; a labeler of stationary items; a hater of the metric system, going without socks, and front-wheel drive; and, most of all, a man who loved his family dearly and unconditionally.
Services will be held at 2:00PM, Sunday, March 16, at Our Lady of the Pines, 110202 Teachout Rd., Black Forest, CO. Reception to follow.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 15, 2014