Douglas Neil James

September 12, 1944May 2, 2021

Doug was an easy-going man and a devoted father, grandfather and friend. He will be fondly remembered by others as an avid bicyclist and skier, and he enjoyed spending time in his backyard. Doug was born to Ted and Ellen James on September 12, 1944, and passed in peace in Lakewood on May 2, 2021. He grew up in Wheat Ridge with his brother Teddy and sisters Linda and Sue. Doug graduated from Jefferson High School in 1963 and worked as a Chemical Analyst and Technician at Hazen Research in Golden for over 50 years. Doug has one daughter and four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Teddy and sister Sue. Doug will be greatly missed by his daughter, son in law, grandchildren, closest friend and companion, sister and cherished friends. Donations can be made in Doug’s honor to the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association at

Due to Covid private services will be held. Thank you for understanding.


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Alan & Carolyn Williams

May 12, 2021

Doug was a friend and co-worker for most of our lives. He was unassuming and quietly competent in whatever he did, whether in laboratory procedures at work, downhill or backcountry skiing, snowboarding, or river rafting. Somehow he was able to stay in better shape than people years younger than him (Alan can attest to this from several 10th Mountain Hut trips). Doug and Priscilla came on several of our rafting trips. Particularly memorable was a Green River, Utah trip where he served as "captain" of a raft manned by middle and high-schoolers. He directed operations from the top of the gear pile!
Our condolences go out to Priscilla and her family. Doug was a unique person. We will never forget him and the times he shared with us.

Eric Stone

May 11, 2021

I was saddened deeply to learn that my old friend Doug had passed away. He was truly a "salt of the earth" kind of man with whom I was fortunate to cross paths with in this lifetime. I knew Doug through working with him at Hazen and skiing together in the backcountry surrounding his beloved 10th Mountain Association trail system, skiing hut to hut and sharing deep fellowship. We were, for a time, pals, roaming Colorado's fabled snowy mountains with good friends Rick and Bill. Doug was one of the most atletically fit people I've ever known, regardless of age (Doug was seventeen years my senior but you'd have never guessed) and this enabled him to enjoy life at its fullest. He was a first-rate gentleman with a wandering soul, always seeing the best in people and "paying it forward" every day of his life. I only wish I'd gotten to know him even better.

If there is a heaven, a Valhalla, then it is undoubtedly filled equally by snow filled peaks to ski and wonderful, fresh blacktop on which to bike...each with plenty of friends to meet along the way.

I'll miss you, Doug. Though we have not seen one another in far to many years, I speak of you often and can still hear your laughter.

Mike and Kim DeCianne

May 11, 2021

We always saw Doug at the grandkids birthday parties. He always had a positive attitude and was so easy going. He did some amazing woodworking. We were especially impressed with the doll houses he built for his granddaughters and a wagon and table he made for the grandsons. One time he invited us cross-country skiing with the family to a cabin on the Continental Divide. What a great experience that was.

We wish Doug's family Gods blessings during this time of sorrow.

Colleen and Bob Rostad

May 7, 2021

In my first job out of college, Doug trained me in efficient laboratory analytical techniques at Hazen Research. He was friendly, supportive, and helpful and I remember those times fondly. We went on river rafting trips together. Although my life moved on from Hazen, I saw him at various gatherings. He was always friendly and enthusiastic. We'll miss him at our periodic Hazen retiree lunches.