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Martin Funeral & Cremation

550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO

OBITUARY

James Ronald Mitchell

January 21, 1959December 23, 2011

Jim Mitchell January 21, 1959 – December 21, 2011 James Ronald Mitchell, age 52, passed on in his sleep, at home on December 21, 2011 after major surgery in July, 2011 and seriously worsening health. Jim wasn't just a "Big Guy" in stature (protecting his sisters), he was the one with the "Biggest and Best Hugs" and a really "Big Heart". One of his favorite sayings was "Always remember, family first!". He had the best characteristics any man could ever have, and we call it "Tough and Tender". The entire family is proud of Jim and all his accomplishments in the Oil Field Industry and the man he had become. His mother called him "Her Rock!", and he will live in all our hearts forever! He was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 21, 1959. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, CO, class of 1977. Jim is survived by a whole bunch of family, Carole Mitchell, mother, Elizabeth, CO; Ronald, father and Nancy Jo Mitchell, Belleville, IL; adopted son, Bob Mitchell; sister, Deb Elliott and brother-in-law, David Elliott, Grand Junction; sister, Sherri Connell and brother-in-law, Wayne Connell, Parker, CO; step-brother, Marty Manion of Addieville, IL; step-sister, Michelle Zendejas, Yorktown, VA, and half-brother, Christopher Mitchell of Swansea, IL; Uncle fun's one and only niece, Holly Dee Carey; great-nephew, Cain Lee Hendricks, and great-niece, Avery Dee Carey, all three of Grand Junction; and last but not least, his best friend, Cindi Carmack and Mike Sanchez, and all of his biker brothers and sisters throughout the Grand Valley. Pallbearers will be Mike Sanchez, Dave Murphy, Dave Nettleton, Greg Grewell, Todd Rodamaker, and Bob Arbuckle. These special people will carry him to his place of rest in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery in Grand Junction. Organizations that Jim loved included The Eagles, Riders for Justice and his family. He enjoyed racing, riding, driving or repairing anything that goes fast. He enjoyed karaoke, church, and family. He was a Harley man to the core, participating in the Annual Toy Run for over 20 years, and being a motorhead extraordinaire. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Martin Mortuary, 550 North Ave., Grand Junction, at 2:30 p.m. A motorcycle procession immediately after is encouraged, and was one of Jim's final wishes. It will begin from Martin Mortuary to the Eagles Lodge (top of the 5th Street hill) for a reception and potluck (chili provided). There, we will share tears, memories and laughter to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to IDA, in Memory of Jim Mitchell at www.invisibledisabilities.org or IDA, PO Box 4067, Parker, CO 80134, which Jim was heavily dedicated to and which was founded by sister and brother-in-law (non profit).

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 29, 2011

Memories

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Cindi Carmack

January 5, 2012

Still missing you sweetie. I will love you for all of my days. You were my rock.. my world... my best friend. Rest In Peace... See you on the other side. <3

Karem Martinez

January 1, 2012

It was a pleasure to have worked with you way back about 20 yrs ago and stayed friends. we will sure miss you. Just to let you know that all of our friends had a New Years toast in memory of you at the "THE CROW BAR" where you whould have been last night with us all. We will all join you some. R.I.P

The Martinez Family

Sherri Mitchell-Connell

January 1, 2012

My protector, my champion, my advocate, my best friend, my Big Brudder. You were there to teach me how to tie my shoe, you walked me across the street, you watched over me and you held me when I was scared.

When I became ill, you were there by my side, you never doubted me, you always loved me. When friends abandoned me because of chemical sensitivities, you drove 600 miles to visit me. You were always there for me.

I know you were suffering so much for so long. I am thankful you are free of pain and agony, but I don't know how to go on without you.

I love you more than words can express,

Your baby seeester

noel

January 1, 2012

i will always miss u my beloved friend, i was lucky to know u

January 1, 2012

We were lucky to know Jim. He was a great friend. RIP
Prayers are with family and friends.
Shayla and Todd

Holly McNeill-Carey

January 1, 2012

Love you so much Uncle Fun! You were everything to me! U are the reason I am the woman I am today! You taught me things fathers teach there daughters! You protected me, stood by me & loved me unconditionally! You will forever be in my heart & on my mind as I look in the mirror & see pieces of you in me! I will never let you go!

sandra lee

January 1, 2012

i am so glad i got to meet such a wonderful person,jim mitchell!i miss you so much big brother!!!love you more than words can express

Kelly MCCarty

January 1, 2012

Mitch had the biggest heart and the smile to go with it. You will truly be missed by all. RIP big guy.
Kelly & Ross

Kelly McGrath

December 31, 2011

Flyn to em, Riden to em, workn floors on em, to all the hootn and hollern that we did. Will always be missed and so will you my Brother of life and long time Friend. You will always be missed and remembered more than the times we were blessed to share. Thank You for You Jim

Nancy Stern-Jude

December 30, 2011

Jim was one of those people who made you feel welcome. I knew him because of his mom, Carole, as well as IDA. We will carry on the work with IDA with him in our hearts.

FROM THE FAMILY