James Lyle Funk
March 26, 1952 - February 20, 2013
Jim was born March 26, 1952, in Lakewood. He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1970 and attended Western State College in Gunnison after being awarded a football scholarship. He was a competitive ski racer during his college years and was employed by Disney to play an extra in the movie “Snowball Express” in 1971.
Unfortunately, after being injured his freshman year, he lost his college scholarship and had to work his way through college by teaching ski lessons at Monarch and Crested Butte ski areas, logging in the Steamboat/Hahn’s Peak/Gore Pass areas during the summers and helping to run the Student Union on campus during the school year. He also was a professor’s assistant in math and physics during his junior and senior years of college. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math and a minor in physics and chemistry in 1974.
Jim became a full-time resident of Steamboat in 1974. By obtaining his teaching certificate in 1976, he was hired and taught high school math, physics and chemistry from 1976 to 1978 at Hayden High School. He also served as assistant coach for wrestling, football and track while there.
After obtaining a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, Jim went to work for Stearns & Rogers Power Division at the Craig Power Plant building two of the three stacks. When the job was completed, he’d been promoted to construction testing supervisor, then construction coordinator and finally electrical inspector (1978-1980). He then worked as a field engineer at the Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station in Greeley. After two of his co-workers were killed on the job, he decided to make a change and returned to Steamboat, where he worked for a year as a maintenance supervisor for the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
Jim finally settled into real estate and became co-owner of one of the first management companies in Steamboat, Steamboat Marketing & Home Management. He eventually started his own business, Steamboat Home Management and Realty, and was a valued member of the real estate community for more than 33 years.
Jim loved being out in nature, river rafting in the summers, skiing in the winters, traveling and scuba diving. He loved tennis, racquetball, golf and had a business league volleyball team for several years.
Jim had many friends and was well-known and respected in the Steamboat community. Jim built his home here in 1979 and helped to purchase a greenbelt area in Riverside so the residents there always would have an area to enjoy alongside the river. He was on the Stagecoach Association board for several years until his health declined.
Jim died Feb. 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife, two brothers, one niece, two nephews and other family members.
Jim’s memorial service is at 10 a.m. June 15, 2013, at Yampa Valley Funeral Home. The family requests that donations be made to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.