James Raymond Garcia was 37 years old when he passed away August 25, 2021 in Denver, CO in a motorcycle accident. James was born February 16, 1984 in Durango, CO to Fred W. Garcia and Vanessa Bailey. James has 3 daughters Shada 17, Kaylee 7, and Saydee 4 (Wife Britany, step sons Nikolai 6 & Ronan 4).
After high school James started a 20-year career in the oild fields in Colorado & New Mexico. He eventually migrated to hauling big rigs in Colorado of which he was very proud of. James was very talented and excelled at every task he was given; he moved rigs and equipment over any road & any mountain pass that most operators were afraid of or declined to do. James lived in several places in his career one being Greeley, CO, where he was a volunteer firefighter for the LaSalle FD, he was always in search of a challenge like the 911 stair climb which he successfully completed. The last job that James took on of which he was proud of doing was he became a crane operator where he set up the large wind turbines in different states.
Some of the things James enjoyed doing when he was younger were hunting and fishing with family & friends. Hobbies he enjoyed were things that were challenging and competitive like playing chess, poker, pool playing, weight lifting. James was also an arm wrestler with several Snowdown championships to his credit and the 2019 Wyoming State Champion, but his favorite thing to do was ride motorcycles. James learned to ride scooters at a very young age along with his siblings and became one of the best riders I had the pleasure to ride alongside.
James was a very loving and caring Son, Husband, Father, Uncle and extremely loved by his daughters, step sons and all that knew him.
Survived by Father: Fred W. Garcia, Step Mother Billie Jo Garcia of Durango, CO. Mother: Vanessa Bailey of Bayfield, CO. Brothers: Nathan Trujillo of Durango, CO, Daniel Garcia of Oahu, HI, Victor Garcia of Austin, TX. Sister: Nicole Garcia of Colorado Springs, CO. Uncles: Randy Garcia, Anthony Rivas. Several nieces and newphews.
A memorial service will be held September 18, 2021 at Ft. Lewis Collge Concert Hall at 11 a.m. with a motorcycle / car procession to Greenmount Cemetery. A reception will follow graveside service at the V.F.W. Hall.
Published by The Durango Herald on Sep. 2, 2021.