Jim Nist (1930 - 2018)

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Jim Nist, an Evergreen resident from 1965 to 2008, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 27, 2018.
Jim was born in 1930 in Buffalo, N.Y., and served five years in the Air Force before hiring on in his dream job as a pilot with United Airlines in 1956. He flew his entire 34-year career with United out of Denver and took great pride in being a captain. After a vacation, he often said, "I'm excited to go flying again." His favorite route was flying the Denver-Hawaii round trip, which allowed him time to enjoy running on the beach and body-surfing.
In addition to loving flying airplanes, he met the love of his life, Terry, while they worked the Friendly Skies of United. They were living proof that you can indeed find your soulmate, and they celebrated their 60th anniversary together last November.They shared nearly every part of their life together, and their love of the outdoors led them to move to Evergreen in 1965.
Both Terry and Jim were deeply involved in the Evergreen community through church, school, the Elks Club and charitable organizations. While their kids were younger, Jim coached Little League baseball and played basketball with his son, and they were so proud of their daughter's success showing quarter horses.
Jim and Terry were both dedicated to tirelessly helping their kids with their school work, athletics and social activities. They were always at Evergreen High School athletic events cheering on the Cougars, even long after their kids had graduated.
Throughout Jim's life, he was always giving of his time to others. His selfless spirit and kindness were perfectly suited to help others, and he and Terry gave generously through many volunteer roles throughout Evergreen. Some of the organizations that they graciously donated their time to included Skate the Lake, the Freedom Run and Rockland Community Church.
It was common that Jim would hear about a family that they did not even know who suffered a loss, and he and Terry would send them something to help out. Jim especially loved volunteering at the Evergreen Christian Outreach Food Bank, where he served on the board, and he and Terry volunteered for more than 10 years before their move to Wind Crest Retirement Community.
Jim had a passion for the outdoors. He and Terry loved to ski, camp, snowshoe and especially hike. Their favorite local hike was just outside their front door, Three Sisters Open Space, but he also loved hiking/snow-shoeing weekly with the Evergreen Rec Center hiking club.
Jim also loved to travel, and was fortunate to see and enjoy much of the world. He and Terry shared many memory-making trips together, including zip-lining in Costa Rica, cruising down the Rhine River, exploring Europe, Alaska, dozens of trips to Hawaii, and countless trips to see their kids and grandkids.
Jim will be justly remembered for his tremendous kindness, quiet leadership and quick wit. His devotion and loyalty to his family will be deeply missed. His grace, patience and strength were an inspiration to all who knew him, and those who did know him are better for it. Those who knew Jim will miss him deeply.
He is survived by Terry, their two children, Tom (Andrea, spouse) and Cyndi (Tom, spouse), and their four grandchildren, Emily, Haley, Collin and Caroline.
A celebration of Jim's life is scheduled for May 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Fireside Lounge at Wind Crest, and his final resting place will be in Evergreen.
In the true spirit of Jim's selfless lifelong service to others, in lieu of flowers, Jim would have preferred any donations to be given to Evergreen Christian Outreach.
Published in Canyon Courier on May 16, 2018
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