Jake Gregory Candelaria born on August 31, 1966, in Durango, Colorado, passed from this life on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the age of 55. Jake joined the United States Army from 1987-1991, where he served in Desert Storm. He began his law enforcement career in 1993 and after 25 years of service in various agencies of La Plata County Colorado, he retired and moved to Beaumont, Texas. Jake was in his last semester at Lamar Institute of Technology and would have graduated in December with his associates in Occupational Health and Safety.
Jake never met a stranger and could make conversation with anyone. He was a bookworm and avid reader. Jake also loved music and had an encyclopedic knowledge of it. He was a fan of watching Super Cross and enjoyed watching the sport of running, especially Olympic events. Jake enjoyed his life to the fullest but, most of all, he loved his children and grandchildren.
Jake leaves behind his wife of 16 years, Carlena James; his children, Jessica Cundiff and son-in-law, Brandon Cundiff, Jacob Candelaria, Julianna Candelaria, and Chassity, Zachary, and Tyler; two grandchildren, Isaac and Delilah. Jake also leaves behind his mother, Eileen Duran Candelaria and a brother, Robert Candelaria, two nieces and a nephew of Ignacio, Colorado.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jake J. Candelaria.
His cremation will be handled through Broussard's Crematorium in Beaumont, Texas and his services will be held in Colorado at a later date.
Published by The Durango Herald on Oct. 12, 2021.