James Cazer

Our good friend, Jim, passed away Aug. 23,2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. His big heart gave its last flutter.

A celebration of life and service will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Redlands Mesa Grange, 27953 Redlands Mesa Road, Hotchkiss. A gathering of family, friends, memories and refreshments to follow.

Jim was born in Denver to James and Irene (Scott) Cazer. He grew up doing the many things boys do. He delivered newspapers on his bicycle. He was an acolyte at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. He worked and played in Buford (near Meeker) with his friends, Tom and Leslie. In 1961, he earned his Eagle Scout Award. He graduated from East High School in 1965. Thinking about furthering his education, Jim headed to Western State in Gunnison. While there, he discovered the mining town of Crested Butte. He worked at various jobs in order to be a ski bum. He loved it!

Jim was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1968. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief. Lots of stories. He was honorably discharged in March 1970. He lived in different places and eventually ended up back in Crested Butte. During this time he learned kayaking and rafting. The rafting won out and soon Jim and his friends were rafting as many rivers as they could. He enjoyed it so much that he taught the skills to many of his friends which led to more rafting. He did the Grand Canyon six times. Since he loved rafting, he created his company ZOARS, where he made custom oars from white ash wood. Somewhere in this time span, Jim was also a member of the famous Crested Butte Hotshots. He also attended and graduated with a certificate from the Aircraft Mechanic School in Louisville, Colorado.

Around 1983, Jim moved to the Hotchkiss area and started his business, Cazer & Co. He did remodeling and new construction. He enjoyed helping people.

While rafting down the Green River, Jim married Chris at Rock Creek on June 3, 2000. It was such a memorable experience with all his rafting friends. Jim and Chris then started their business “Rocket Compost” in Hotchkiss. He really enjoyed learning about composting and soil health. He met many interesting people in the business.

Jim was the past Grange Master of Redlands Mesa Grange 487 for eight years. He spearheaded the remodel of the kitchen and bathrooms which spruced up the Grange. Jim also served as past president for Delta Conservation District working with area ranchers and farmers. Jim’s favorite volunteer time was with the veterans at the VA Hospital in Grand Junction. It made him feel good to be there listening to those vets. He also learned about some new good fishing spots.

Jim was also known for his delicious homemade bread. He earned many blue ribbons and Judge’s Choice at the Delta County Fair.

This man did many, many things and adventures. He had a love for life and his wife. He is survived by his wife, Chris; step-children Jenny (Jesse) Sanders, Wesley (McKenzie) Jacobson, sisters Carol Cozart of Lakewood, Mary (John) Beattie of Arvada; many nephews and nieces; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled Veterans of America at dav.org or to Redlands Mesa Grange #487, in Jim’s honor at 29272 P 50 Road, Hotchiss, CO 81419

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com or deltacountyindependent.com.

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