Dr. John N. Chatfield Jr. M.D. M.B.A
July 1, 1941 – November 29, 2019
John N. Chatfield Jr, MD, MBA
Dr. John Norville Chatfield Jr., age 78, of Colorado Springs, CO, died peacefully in his sleep at Bear Creek Senior Living on November 29th 2019.
The funeral service will be held on Friday December 13th at 2:00 pm at Gateway Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Dr. Victoria Isaacs will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Swan Law Funeral Home.
John was born in Houston Texas in 1941 to John N. Chatfield Sr. and Kathryn Bone. John’s family moved to Bombay India when his father was stationed overseas as a chemical engineer for Humble Oil. While in India, John attended the Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu. This formative experience abroad was a strong influence throughout his life. John returned to the United States to attend Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, then obtained his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston Texas, and his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas Texas. He completed his medical training as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Parkland Medical Center also in Dallas. In his final year of medical residency, he met and married his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Bukaty. John served 2 years of military service in the Army with the Berry Plan, which brought him and Liz to Fort Carson. Following his military service, he remained in Colorado Springs and started his obstetrics/gynecology practice in 1974. John loved the work he did over 2 decades performing the “happy medicine” of caring for women and delivering babies into the world. Following a traumatic brain injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident in 1992, John retired from the practice of medicine. In his “retirement” he obtained an MBA at UCCS, took many courses at Colorado College and UCCS, traveled, and pursued his passion for mountain climbing, successfully summiting all 54 Fourteeners in Colorado. John fulfilled a dream of returning to India to visit Kodaikanal and then on to Tibet to trek to the base of Mt. Everest.
John was married to Liz for 48 years. Together they enjoyed travel throughout the US and abroad. He was an active member of his church and was fulfilled by his volunteer work with the Colorado Democratic Party, Ecumenical Social Ministries, the Prison Fellowship program, and the Brain Injury Alliance Colorado. We will remember John whenever we eat (extra spicy) Indian food, are tempted to take home the tortilla chips from a Mexican restaurant, or play one of his Beatles, Dylan or Rolling Stones records.
John is survived by his wife, Liz, his children David Hughes and Kathryn Collier, his son-in-law Curtis Coughlin II, two grandchildren: Roxie and Josephine Coughlin, his brother Robert, sister-in-law Carol and niece Miranda Chatfield. John’s extended family includes his surviving aunt, Dr. Mary Alice Bone Adamson, and many cousins of the Bone family, also known as the Loved Ones.
The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice, Bear Creek Senior Living (formerly Brookdale) for the excellent care and comfort they provided to John in the final year of his life.
In John’s memory, contributions may be given to the Four Mile Prison Program, Prison Fellowship, c/o of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E Bijou St, Colo Spgs, CO 80903, or the Head Injury Alliance of Colorado at biacolorado.org/donate/.
- John N, Chatfield Sr., Father
- Kathryn Chatfield, Mother
- Elizabeth Chatfield, Spouse
- David Chatfield, Son
- Kathryn Collier, Daughter
- Curtis Coughlin II, Son-in-law
- Roxie Coughlin, Grandchild
- Josephine Coughlin, Grandchild
- Robert Chatfield, Brother
- Carol Chatfield, Sister-in-law
- Miranda Chatfield, Niece
Gateway Presbyterian Church
731 Castle Rd.
Dr. John N. Chatfield Jr. M.D. M.B.A
December 6, 2019
I had the privilege of spending 6 days (3 above the treeline) as a 16 year old first time backpacker in the Cascade Mountains of Washington with 'Johnny,' his brother Robert and our Uncle Robert. Many firsts on that trip. First jet airliner flight, first time to stand atop a mountain and first time to really get to know my cousin Johnny who was 18 years my senior. My life was never the same after that trip. and you, my dear cousin, was a part of that spiritual transformation upon hearing the 'roaring silence.'
I will miss you cousin. Your memory burns deep in my soul.
Curt and Debi Coughlin
December 3, 2019
Curt and I will always remember the joy we had becoming Grandparents to Roxie and the precious dinner when Roxie shared with us all the news that Josie would be joining the family. Our prayers are with each and everyone of you as you adjust to your loss.
with love and prayers
Debi and Curt
November 29, 2019
I feel saddened by the loss of Dr. John. I had the honor of being part of his care team, and getting to know Liz and be able to witness her unrelenting devotion and love for God and her husband.