James Kenneth Breeden, 65, of Rockrimmon, passed away August 4, 2014, as a result of a car accident on his way to work. He was born on September 1, 1948 in Niagara Falls, NY to L.D. Breeden and Christine Breeden Guard. He served as a grunt in the 3rd Battalion 5thMarines 1st marine division during the Vietnam War from 1967-70, fighting in the Tet Offensive.
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He married Sandra Messick Breeden of Ellicott City, Maryland on June 23, 1985. They celebrated 29 years of marriage this summer. Jim made a successful career in hospitality, working his way from bartending to hotel management, most recently working as the General Manager of the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs. He was a well-loved and celebrated manager, recognized by Marriott International for the Mustang award for his role in evacuating the hotel during the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012.
He was active in the Colorado Springs community, serving as President of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association for six years and as treasurer of the Colorado Springs Visitors Bureau for four years. He often mentored local business owners and professionals in the community.
Jim had many interests, including driving his Jeep, hiking, mountain biking, cooking, enjoying fine wines and great beers, telling amazing stories, and spending time with his wife and daughters. A regimented man, he read his Bible and worked out nearly every day.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife and three children: Madeleine Einfalt, Marguerite Breeden and Mackenzie Breeden, of Colorado Springs. He is also survived by his mother and father-in law, Lewis and Patricia Messick of Colorado Springs, his brother, Lenny Breeden of Niagara Falls, NY, and his son-in-law, Jesse Einfalt.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 13th at 4:00 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Home Front Cares, a donation that cares for Veterans and their families. Donations can be given in Jim Breeden's name via http://www.thehomefrontcares.org/donate.
Published in The Gazette on Aug. 10, 2014