James L. Burnside

June 1, 1935August 17, 2018

Jim was born in 1935 in Denver. After moves to Chicago, IL and Louisville, KY where his father was stationed in the United States Army, his family moved back to Denver in 1945 where he grew up, graduated from South High School in 1953, and attended Barnes Business School. Jim served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He began his working career as an accountant at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, where he joined his father and met many people who would become dear and lifelong friends. Jim's subsequent employers included Dr. Gerald Starkey/City and County of Denver, the MAC Oil Company, Direct Sales Tires, and his favorite of all - the Colorado Rockies. Jim met Gwen a couple years after high school, and they were married on August 31, 1957. He enjoyed playing on a local softball team, playing the bass drum in the American Legion Post #1 Grenadiers drum and bugle corps, and back before EMT services became a commercial enterprise he served for many years on the all-volunteer District 50 Rescue Unit. Jim and Gwen raised their children Cheryl and Tim in Westminster, and created their kids' love for road trips, sunflower seeds, Elvis Presley, patriotism and drum and bugle corps music. They were involved extensively in volunteering for/serving as adult advisors for/performing accounting and administrative tasks for nearly every activity in which their kids participated, including Little League Baseball, Cub Scouts, baton contests, Girl Scouts, Rainbow Girls, DeMolay, and more sporting events for Ranum HS than they could count. Jim was also a 33° Master Mason. They have enjoyed watching their family grow with four grandchildren - Michael, Nathan, Anna and Sara - and now three great-grandchildren - Hayli, Ella and Tripp. Gwen cared for Jim at home throughout his entire journey with Alzheimer's and made his life and fight with the disease as secure and comfortable as it could possibly have been. Thank you for celebrating his life with us and sharing the many fun, funny and precious memories we have of him.

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In lieu of flowers please make a kind donation in Jim's memory to the Lutheran Hospice. Visit to make a donation online.

Or mail a check made payable to the Lutheran Hospice, addressed to: Lutheran Medical Center Foundation 8300 West 38th Avenue Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033 and please be sure to write "in memory of Jim Burnside" on the memo line of your check.


  • Private Committal Service with Honor Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 8, 2018

James L. Burnside

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Joel and Michelle Thornhill

September 7, 2018

Dearest Gwen, Thinking if you and your family today as you were able to honor Jim and his service to our country.

Cindy Hamilton

September 5, 2018

Even when things are as tough as they had become for your beloved husband, father and grandfather it is so difficult to say goodbye. One of my favorite memories is all the fun we used to have at the UCT picnics and Christmas party every year. RIP Mr. Burnside!! Hope you and my Dad are watching a Rockies game together! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during these sad and trying times! ❤

Mark and Teresa Manshardt

August 25, 2018

Back in the early 1990s, we became your next door neighbors. Many, many years and many, many wonderful memories later, you and your bride remain our cherished friends for eternity. Rest in peace, dear friend...