James C Calhoun

August 13, 1952December 29, 2013
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James Christopher Calhoun, 61, of Castle Rock, died Sunday the 29th of December 2013.

He was born to Jack and Nida Calhoun, August 13, 1952, in Grand Island, NE. Jim graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1970. There after met the love of his life, Debra F. Mayer, and married her in 1976. After relocating multiple times, they settled in Castle Rock, CO in 1998.

Jim had an affluent career with Kraft foods and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. He was an active member in the diversity and inclusion programs within the company and was honored with multiple awards including the Sales Leadership award, one of the most prestigious symbols of superior achievement within sales.

Jim was also very involved in his parish, The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and he was also a co-member of St. Francis of Assisi in Castle Rock, CO. During his devotion to his catholic faith, he became a 4th degree Knight as a Knights of Columbus member, and he was a frequent leader of the rosary at many parishes throughout his life. Furthermore, he was delighted to be a member of choir for Saint Anne Parish in Hamel, MN for a number of years. He was also an avid golfer who enjoyed the game from a young age playing his final round just this last Friday surrounded by love ones. He was not only a caring and compassionate man, but a strong and affectionate Father and Husband.

Jim was preceded in death by his brother John Calhoun. Jim is survived by his wife, Debra Calhoun, and their two children: Sarah Venessa, of Castle Rock; and Alison Rachel, of Aurora. He is survived by 3 sisters; Fran Schaeffer of Grand Island, NE, Mary Goddard of Penokee, KS, Kate Lingo of Las Vegas, NV, and his brother, Joe Calhoun of Empire CO. He also is survived by six grandchildren: Javier and Frances Hoggard; Isadora and Briana Gaskins; Luis and Kiara Barrios

If a memorial contribution is in your heart, the family is requesting that donations of red roses be made to the church’s ceremony.

A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday 1st of January 2014, followed by the viewing from 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Castle Rock, CO. The following morning, Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Burial will be held after Mass at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock, and a reception in memorial of Jim will follow Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church.


  • Rosary/Visitation Wednesday, January 1, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 2, 2014

James C Calhoun

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Pedro & Minerva Barrios

January 5, 2014

Dear Deb, Sarah, Alison, Luis, Javier and Jim's Grandchildren, Brothers & Sisters. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. The Ceremony speeches showed what a Great Person Jim was, most wonderful loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend. He did have a strong Love for God and his Neighbors. We will always cherish the memories we shared with Jim.

We love you all! God bless you.

le bigley

January 4, 2014

So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I will always cherish the memories we had in high school and his great sense of humor. I regret not staying in closer contact with Jim over the years. He was definitely one of the good guys

leo bigley

January 4, 2014

Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Jim was a class guy and had a great sense of humor. I wish I could have hooked up with Jim more often after we graduation. He will be missed

leo bigley

Lauree Geldray

January 4, 2014

I am very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I worked with him in Salt Lake at Kraft - he always had a smile on his face and a great attitude.

Randy and Anne Quinn

January 3, 2014

Deb, Sarah, Alli and the entire family, we are so very saddened at Jim's passing. We witnessed with our eyes and hearts the love that Jim had for all of you. We will not forget living next door to you in Castle Rock for several years and knowing how Jim loved his family, home, yard, the golf course, the views of the mountains and the beautiful glowing afternoon sky. How wonderful that he had such a loving family and a grand environment to enjoy. May God continue to bless you and may your faith grow stronger with every passing day. Jim is still with you in spirit and be happy that you all were the apple of his eye. Randy and I sent our love and prayers to each and everyone of you.

Mary Sahling

January 3, 2014

Dear Deb, Sarah and Alison and All Family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. Our Heart aches for you all. Memories of Love & Friendship are treasures to carry with you always.
We were all so close to Jim, growing up with him and Katy , we have so many good memories. Freddy and Jim were always so much fun. We are going to miss Jim so so much.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Scott & Mary Bosselman Sahling

Melody Judy-Stobbe

January 3, 2014

Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

A fellow classmate
Melody Judy-Stobbe

Mike & Georgia Press

January 3, 2014

So saddened to hear of Jim's recent passing. As a co-worker, he was one my favorites and his friendship early in my career in Fargo was appreciated. We both fondly remember the laughs and good times as young couples with kids, dogs and the related highs and lows. The photo gallery was great to page through and brought back some good memories.

Jerry Dayton

January 3, 2014

Please accept our sincere condolences. It has been a shock to hear of Jim's passing. He will be missed. Jerry and Judi Dayton

Denny O'Hara

January 2, 2014

Deb and family, I was so sad and numb at the news of Jim's passing......he was a friend that always made me feel good when I saw him- like no time had passed since we were last together. The service was beautiful and gave me great perspective. It was a wonderful and fitting tribute to a man who will remain in my heart always. Love and prayers to you all.