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1943 James 2023

James L. Sapp

July 29, 1943 — November 7, 2023

Pine, Colorado


James L. Sapp passed away on November 7, 2023 at the age of 80, in his adopted home state of Colorado. Jim had battled a few health issues over the last few years which slowed down his mobility, but not his dedication to his family, friends and volunteer organizations.

As a child, Jim grew up in Alexandria, VA and had a lot of independence. He often told stories usually involving adventure and petty crimes with his neighborhood gang.  Oddly, these almost always occurred when he was 12 years old as he told it. He graduated Mt Vernon (VA) High School in 1961. He married Patsy in 1967 and they recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

After school, Jim started working as a shoe salesman at Montgomery Ward and then became a contractor to the Central Intelligence Agency in 1963. After becoming a full time Agency employee in the mid-70s, he spent the rest of his working career in Imagery Analysis. He was always proud of his CIA career and won several awards, about which he could never tell his family.

After raising his family in Northern Virginia, Jim and Patsy retired and moved to the mountains of Colorado where his greatest joy became watching his grandchildren become successful adults. He also gained new friendships and volunteered for various organizations. Being an avid collector, researcher and documenter of Victorian-era art glass and Fairy Lamps was an enduring passion.

Jim will be remembered by his loving family – his wife Patsy, daughter Stephanie, son Brian with his wife Suzanne and grandkids Owen, Shea, Hayden and Reid - for his jovial manner and his desire to always have his family and friends around him celebrating all sorts of life events.

We will host a Celebration of Life for Jim on November 24, 2023 at 11AM in the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to South Park City Museum (link) or the Park County Historical Society (link).

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