James Albert Thornton, 1929-2003


Steamboat Springs resident James Albert Thornton died Nov. 14, 2003, at his home. He was 74.

Jim was born May 11, 1929, in Denver to Charles and Norma Thornton. He grew up in Denver and attended Englewood High School, where he graduated in 1947.

After high school, Jim enlisted in the Air Force and served his country in World War II and the Korean War. He was in the service for 22 years when he retired in 1969.

He married Lois Lambert in 1951.

In 1976, Jim moved to Steamboat, where he owned and operated the Donut Hole and also made elk tooth jewelry. He was good at repairing jewelry, too.

Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and he enjoyed spending time at Golden Cue Billiards with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.

Jim is survived by one son, Bruce Garvais and his wife, Sara, of Castle Rock; four daughters, Mary Kay Sims of Memphis, Tenn., Patricia Ann and Lyn Twitchell of Las Vegas, Susan Lee and Andrew Williams of Ellenboro, W.V., and Polly Thornton of Steamboat; one brother, Robert Thornton of Arizona; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service for Jim took place Nov. 18, 2003, at Golden Cue Billiards. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.


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