Obituary: Jim Davidson


July 3, 1943 – April 21, 2013

Jim Davidson, 69, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, surrounded by his family in the home he built in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Crestone, CO. Born July 3, 1943 in Cortez, CO, Jim was raised in the Southwestern Colorado mining towns of Rico and Telluride. Jim graduated valedictorian from Telluride High School and went on to Colorado State University, completing a BS in Journalism in 1964. He then attended the New York University School of Law, where he studied for one year under the Root-Tilden Scholarship. He was a man of many talents and careers in his 69 years. His early years were spent working in ski area marketing in Steamboat, Winter Park and Telluride, but writing was his true passion; starting two newspapers, the Winter Park Manifest in 1976 and the Telluride Times Journal in 1986. After moving to Kansas with his wife Tracee in 1995, he went on to publish two books. He was awarded the Western Writers of America Spur Award for his first novel, “Mine Work” (Utah State Press, 1999). This was followed by his second novel “Postmarked Calexico” (Western Eye Press, 2011). He is survived his wife TraceeSporer of Oakley, KS as well as his two children; Eric Davidson, Winter Park, CO and Greta Bloomfield (Jonathan), Golden, CO. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Allen Davidson, and father-in-law ArloSporer. A Celebration of Life will be hosted by the family on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Hospice del Valle, 514 Main, Alamosa, CO 81101 or the Dorothy Yardley Cancer Fund/Farmers State Bank, PO Box 160, Oakley, KS 67748.

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