James Clifford Padgett (Jim) 89 walked through the gates of Heaven to be with our Lord on Wednesday September 16th 2020. He passed at home with family by his side.
He was born on July 16th 1931 in Tulsa Oklahoma, to a farmer and housewife.
Jim spent his childhood years growing up in Arkansas working the fields with his father.
He enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1948 at the age of 17, serving in the Medical Company 153rd Infantry Division as a Litter Bearer.
Soon after, he worked the oil fields in South Dakota and later moved to Colorado where he met and married his wife, Louise.
Jim began his career as a Craftsman, building and finishing cabinetry for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He was a successful carpenter by trade and later started his own construction company. He specialized in and was really known for his excellence in creating, designing and installing beautiful custom kitchens.
Jim was a lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping with family and friends. There are many stories to be told regarding who caught the biggest fish or bagged the largest animal. According to Jim, he always caught the biggest and bagged the largest of them all. Even the ones he claimed got away. He was a great story teller.
In his retirement years, Jim liked to spend time in Black Hawk, in great pursuit of winning the big one. When he did make out well, he liked to tuck it aside to be used on the next trip back up the hill. He developed a real soft spot for the neighborhood critters. He enjoyed feeding them and giving them treats. So much so, that the local squirrels would show up to the door for their daily goody. This was usually a lifesaver candy they would retrieve straight from his hands.
Jim was an outgoing man that could strike up a conversation with just about anyone. Friends and family have cherished and fun memories of him, whether it would be from family gatherings, holidays or special occasions. One of his favorite past times was to holler “FAR OUT” in the middle of silence. He truly loved the reaction of the crowd. It became a funny and much anticipated tradition.
He was preceded in death by his father Francis and his mother Emmer, as well as siblings Junior, Freddie, Leonda and Tiny Jean.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beatrice Louise and his children, Loretta (Terrell), James Jr. (Joanne-deceased), Johnnie (Danielle), Albert, and Kenneth (Kathleen).
He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and two sisters, Bonnie and Carole.
Jim was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
During this challenging time, caused by the COVID-19 virus, everyone has a responsibly to do what we can to prevent further spread of the virus.
With that being said, Face covering (Masks) are required at all events.
Please respect each other’s social distancing and/or if they do not want any physical contact. Always ask before touching or giving affection to one another. We all share the common goal of keeping everyone healthy and safe during our gatherings.
A private family only memorial service will be held at
Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver CO. at 1:30pm on Wednesday October 14th 2020.
Directly after the memorial service, a Reception and Celebration of Life will be held at 853 Sage Sparrow Circle, Highlands Ranch CO. 80129.
Family and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Make a Wish Foundation.