John J. Ford III

January 1, 1937November 18, 2011

John Jay Ford III, MD, 74, of Westminster, Colorado. Preceded in death by parents John Jay Ford Jr., and Etta Mae Ware Ford, and Granddaughter Marissa Hope Ford. Survived by his loving wife Connie, mother of daughters, Tambria Leland (Dustin Hatchett), and Shannon Tuininga (Brandon), and former wife Harriet, mother of Lisa Heaton (Tim), Suzanne English, (Marty) and John Jay Ford IV (Tammy); brother David Ford of Lincoln, NE (Ruth), and sisters Dinah Downen of Rockledge, FL (Don), Bitsy Shephard of Cornwall, England(Garth); grandchildren, Tom, (Whitney), Sarah, Mary, Lauren, Patrick, Kelsey, Tyler, Kevin, (Stephanie), and Victoria; and two Great grandchildren, London and Logan. Dr. Ford was the first baby of the year born in Houston, Texas on January 1, 1937, the oldest of four children. He graduated from Hastings High School (Nebraska). Dr. Ford earned his bachelor’s degree at Hastings College and his medical doctor degree from the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine in 1963 interning at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. From 1964 to 1966 he served in the United State Air Force as a flight medical officer and later chief of aerospace medicine. He began his private practice in North Platte, Nebraska in 1966 and moved to Arvada, Colorado in 1971 where he joined Bradburn Medical Group in Westminster. In 1998, he opened the Ford Family Medical Group in Broomfield, CO. After retiring from family medicine in 2010, Dr. Ford spent his last year of practice at Fort Riley, Kansas serving families of our active military personnel. Dr. Ford was recognized in 2001 by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, as the Family Physician of the Year. Active as a member of Spirit of Christ Catholic Community in Arvada, Dr. Ford served in multiple ministries including the choir, the SHARE Program, Emmaus Retreats, prison ministry and others. He had a passion for music, mastering several instruments including the trombone, guitar and harmonica. Dr. Ford rode in 16 consecutive MS 150 bicycle rides to support the MS Foundation. His list of activities in the medical community is extensive. Having obtained his pilot’s license while serving in the Air Force, Dr. Ford loved to fly, sail, ski, scuba dive, ride his motorcycle and many other outdoor activities. He was an avid Cornhuskers “Big Red” fan. Donations please to Lalmba, humanitarian organization, 7685 Quartz Street, Arvada, CO 80007 or Spirit of Christ for John J Ford III, MD 7400 West 80th Ave Arvada, CO 80003.

There will be an Open Remembrance, Tuesday, 6-8PM at Olinger Highland Mortuary, Thornton, CO. Service will be held Wed., 1PM at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community, Arvada. Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, Thornton, CO.

Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, Thornton, CO.


  • Open Remembrance Tuesday, November 22, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, November 23, 2011

John J. Ford III

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Carla Maningas

November 20, 2012

He was a delightful man and close friend when I knew him way back in the early 1980s. I'm so sorry for your loss. He will be missed and has been in my thoughts many many times since I moved from the area.

Joe Roller

November 15, 2012

John and I were medical colleagues at St. Anthony North Hospital for many years. He was a great man, even-tempered, optimistic and really cared about his patients. He is missed very much.
Joe Roller, MD

Frank Koepp

August 26, 2012

Sorry this comes so late but, I just heard that Dr Ford had passed. I must say he was more then just our familey doctor for over 30 years. He was a true friend and a man I looked up to. I rode on several of the MS 150 rides with him as he convinced me it was a good thing to do and he was right. We left Thornton in 2003 and now, live in Florida and I honestly can say he was on my mind may times. I only meant you once at the MS 150 but, I could certainly see the both of you were a couple meant to be together. John walked me through so many differant journeys and never judged me and listened and always let me make my own decsions that needed to be made. Never forget the time he looked me stright in the face and asked why, do you come in when you never do what we talked about. I told him I couldn't afford medication and here he comes with samples and said next time don't waste " time talk to me " .
My prayers go out to you and all the family and just want you to know what a true treasure he was in my life.
Frank Koepp


claude knuepfer

May 19, 2012

I really treasured the relationship I had with Dr Ford and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a doctor I could trust and who trusted me. He walked with me thru a tought time in my life.

Hugh D. McDougal

May 4, 2012

In addition to having the pleasure of Singing with Dr. John he cared for my wife and children for most of their life. Connie always plesant and fun to be around joined with My wife Evlyn and I in the Spirit of Christ Choir. He brought such passion to life and he always was available to help others. Now he can watch overall of us. God bless his soul.

Joe Roller

January 30, 2012

I was a medical colleague of Dr. Ford, going back to 1976, and was able to recognize how much he cared for his patients, how nice it was to share a moment at lunch with him in the doctors' lounge and especially, how great a man he was. I am sorry about your loss.
Joe Roller, MD
St Anthony North Hospital

Jacquely Mazuti

December 1, 2011

Dear Connie and family,
I had the pleasure of meeting John only once (a friend of a friend). However just that once was enough to know that he was all the things people have written here. I stayed at Connie and John's house for almost a week and found them to be wonderful people and hosts. Bless you John. And bless his family that I know have many great memories to share about him.
Jacquelyn Mazuti

November 30, 2011

So sad to hear of his passing. He was such a wonderful person, a character and a great doctor! He was always a wonderful doctor to me and he always made me laugh! My prayers to the family, he was truly a great man! ~Barbara Shockley-Laurson ; Denver, CO

Kelly Capra Shaw

November 28, 2011

LOVE LOVE Dr. John Ford. He was greatly missed when he retired and now he will be missed even more. He was a great man and very dedicated to his patients. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My love to his family at this time of loss. Kelly Capra-Shaw

Bill & Marilyn Zimmerman

November 28, 2011

We were so shocked and sad to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with the Ford family. John will be dearly missed. Not only was John our doctor for many years, he was even more of a friend. Heaven just welcomed, a most beautiful angel.