James Wesley (Jim) Aubrey
1930 - 2021
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James Wesley Aubrey (Jim) passed away on December 25, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. Jim was born in Colorado Spring, CO on December 8, 1930 to James W. Aubrey Sr and Pearl Aubrey. He graduated from Grand Junction High in 1949 and went on to earn a degree at Mesa Jr College. He continued his education at the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 1953 with a BS in math and chemistry.

In his youth, Jim was a proud paperboy for the Grand Junction Sentinel. While employed at the Atomic Energy Commission he received a letter from President Dwight Eisenhower asking him to please continue to serve as a mathematician for the Civil Service. Upon being hired as such, the family moved to Holloman AFB in New Mexico. From there the family transferred to Albuquerque where Jim was employed by the Air Force Weapons Lab. He retired from AFWL after over 30 years of distinguished service.

Jim first saw the love of his life, Donna Jackson, at the Lincoln Pool in Grand Junction during their high school years. A first date quickly followed, and the rest is history! They married on December 28, 1952, and went on to raise a close, loving family who shares countless happy memories.

Jim was a golf enthusiast and master fly fisherman. He shared his passion for fly fishing and fly tying with students from Bayfield CO and taught fly tying classes at Vermejo, NM. He was also well known for teaching at fly fishing conclaves across the western United States.

Jim was an active member at St. John's United Methodist Church in Albuquerque and at Summit Church in Durango, serving in several leadership positions at both churches. He served as president of N M Trout, was an active participant in Promise Keepers, and an enthusiastic chaperone for the Girl Scouts. But above all, he led many others to know the Lord.

Jim is survived by his wife, Donna, of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his son, Robert Aubrey and wife Shari, daughters Melissa Demas and husband Chris, Jill Aubrey and husband Kirk Anderson, and Tammy Johnson; grandchildren Lucas, Aaron and David Aubrey, Croft and Aubrey Fite, and Ty and Cara Johnson; great-grandchildren Ethan, Ezra, Aaron, and Evelyn Aubrey, and Milo Fite. He is preceded in death by his parents Jim and Pearl Aubrey, sisters Bette Mealy, and Hollis Fink, and his son-in-law David Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity The family wishes to thank those who provided loving care at Watermark, as well as the medical staff at Lovelace Hospital, where his family was allowed to surround him with prayers, singing, and great love.

A service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at Summit Church on April 8 at 11:00 am, with Pastor Jeff Huber officiating. Covid regulations will be adhered to. This service will also be live-streamed at https://summitdurango.online.church/. Jim will be interred at the Summit Church columbarium in Durango. An on-line guest book is available at www.FrenchFunerals.com.

7X fishing, Jim!

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Published in Pine River Times on Apr. 3, 2021.
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
Summit Church
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