James Earl Page

March 19, 1939October 12, 2013
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James E. Page March 19, 1939 – October 12, 2013 James E. "Jim" Page, age 74, of Grand Junction, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2013, after a two and one half year battle with cancer. Jim was born in Higgins, Texas on March 19, 1939, and while he had called Colorado his home for the last 48 years, he was always proud of his Lone Star heritage. Jim lived in the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandle area for 16 years and survived the great tornado of 1947 that ravaged a 220-mile swath through Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. In 1954, his family moved to eastern New Mexico. It was there where he met Roberta Gaye Mitchell while attending Rosedale High School. They were married on May 26, 1957. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1962. After teaching in Grady, NM for six years, he moved his family to Colorado. Jim taught at the Collbran Job Corps Center until 1972 when he became the elementary principal and fourth grade teacher at Plateau Valley School. Later, Jim taught high school language arts at PVHS. Jim and Gaye both taught at Plateau Valley for 24 years, retiring in 1996. Not quite ready for retirement, and with Gaye's deep desire to travel and see the world, Jim and Gaye took teaching positions in the Northern Mariana Islands, on the tiny island of Tinian. They taught there for three years and then traded the tropical paradise for the Artic environment of Kotzebue, Alaska. Jim taught there for one year then officially "hung up the chalk stick" for good - kind of. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. After retirement, Jim and Gaye continued to travel throughout the world with their beloved friends Bob and Kathleen Gengler. A favorite memory of Jim's was the Caribbean cruise that he and Gaye treated the entire family to in 2009. In addition to traveling, Jim loved to cook, read books, play cards, watch movies, and generally "putter" in and around the house. He also loved to spend the winters in Sun City, Arizona in their second home, and took every opportunity to spoil his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was involved in the Collbran Lions Club for 30 years, serving up legendary sloppy joes at the Junior Rodeo concession stand. He was also involved with the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) for many years, serving as President in 1986. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gaye; daughter and two sons and their families, Rhonda and Alan Dillon of Parachute, Mike and Shona Page of Springfield, and Pat and Nina Page of Durango; six grandchildren, Jenny Tobin, Brendan, Kelby, and Taylor Dillon, Tanner and Tayte Page, and four great-grandchildren, Katherine, Cassidy, Andi, and Liam. He is also survived by two brothers, Bill (Wanda) Page, and Mac Page; sister, Maudine Hamilton, and a cousin, Ilene Floyd. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda and a grandson, Jared. Jim never lost his sense of humor or positive attitude throughout his battle with cancer and at the beginning of his treatments, he told family and friends "they just don't know how much Texas grit this ole boy has". A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Martin Mortuary. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread along Camp Creek on the old Page Ranch in Lipscomb County, Texas. Donations may be made to the James E. Page Education Memorial Fund for under privileged students in c/o of the Western Rockies FCU, 2302 N. Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Friends and family may leave their condolences at - See more at:


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Colleen Rickert

October 25, 2013

I, along with other Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) past presidents and members, mourn the loss of Jim who was a calm and competent leader of the organization and passionate advocate of literacy learning for all students.
My thoughts and prayers are with Gaye and his family at this time.

October 25, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. He will be sadly missed, but he certainly left a big impression on many, many people. What a fine man. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Debbie Long Bubela

Al Sherman

October 24, 2013

Forgot my name on the last post. Give our best thoughts and prayers to Gaye, Mike and the family.

October 24, 2013

So sorry to hear about Jim. I was always glad to see him and Gaye when we went to P.V. for a ball game. He was a wonderful man and teacher.

Kay Prax

October 20, 2013

Gaye and family,
We were saddened when we learned that our friend, Jim, had lost his battle. He was such a gentle man with so much wit and knowledge.
May our condolences bring you consolation and peace during this difficult time.
Our deepest sympathy,
Kay and Al Prax

Gale Carter

October 19, 2013

My condolences to Jim's family, Gaye, Bill, Mac and Maudine. You are all remembered fondly from the Grady school days in the '60's. As my English teacher, Jim was very important in my education and upbringing. I remember him often and glad to see that he lived a life fulfilled. Kindest Regards.

October 18, 2013

My prayers are with you. What a wonderful special man. Always a joy
to be around.
Suzie Hardison (Maudines' friend from Higgins)
Alvord, Tx

Shannon Murphy

October 18, 2013

Oh how I wish I would have grabbed this book and shared this special memory today. Mr. Page spoke at my high school graduation (class of 1996). He read the book, "The Table Where Rich People Sit." My mom later purchased it for me and Mr. Page wrote a very special message inside. I'll share a piece of it.

"And so- always keep the sound of a rushing creek, the view of colorful mountains, the feel of a sweet breeze, the smell of bright flowers, and the taste of new beginnings in your heart- and you, too, will sit at a table where rich people sit. My love and good luck to you, Jim Page"

Many of us sit at the table where rich people sit thanks to the influences and encouragement provided by Mr. Page. I will treasure him, his guidance, and his words for a lifetime.

~Shannon (Cox) Murphy

Bettie and Warren Bruton

October 17, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Jim was a great teacher for both of our kids a PV.

Dru Ferguson

October 17, 2013

Pat: I'm so glad you and Nina got back in time to see your dad and have him respond to you. My heart is and will be with you as you remember, cry, laugh, and ache. Know that Jim has had the ultimate healing.