James Joseph De Luzio, Born March 31, 1943, to Joe and Mildred De Luzio. A 1961 graduate of Durango High School, Jim grew up working in the Oil and Gas Industry and as a coal miner and continued mining
throughout most of his life. Work was not all that Jim loved. He loved his family, and he loved the outdoors. Jim led his family on a life of endless adventure filled with camping, hunting, and jeeping. You could always hear the jeep coming and kids singing good ole rock and roll from the 8-track system. Without an agenda in hand, he was busy teaching those around him how to live life.
Jim’s zest for life was so contagious and he was always good for a joke and a laugh. Neighbors and their families would enjoy conversations that were woven with funny stories and silly riddles for the kids. When Jim retired, he enjoyed sitting on the front porch with his wife, Maggi and others that would stop by to talk about life, find the answers to many of life’s questions and just enjoy the moment he was in. It was in those moments that many would realize the importance of slowing down, talking with your neighbor and extending a smile toward each other. One of the greatest enjoyments he had, was to be out on the front porch and wave to the neighbor’s as they hustled off to work.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Maggi, his daughters/son, Missy “Michelle” Smith (Ron), Myra De Luzio and Jay De Luzio. He is also survived by his brothers/sister, Jerry (Jeri), Gary (Kay), Maryanne (Bill) and Tony. Jim had 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He had numerous nieces and nephews along with many Great nieces and nephews.
We are blessed to have had the honor to call him Husband, DAD, Brother and friend. The title he held closest to his heart and wore very proudly was PAPA!
The Celebration of his Life will be held on July 31, 2021, from 11- 2 at the Durango Cowboy Church,1867 Highway 172, Durango, CO 81303. It will be a casual gathering for stories and sharing life experiences with everyone that was touched by Jim. There will be food so come hungry.