James Ellery (Jim) Beitel age 84 of Castle Pines Colorado took his last flight, landing in heaven on September 22, 2020. He was born in Syracuse Kansas in the hospital closest to Holly, Colorado to James H. and Zola Beitel. He was a resident of Colorado the rest of his life. He was a graduate of Holly High School and started his college career at the University of Colorado. He transferred to Colorado State College of Education (University of Northern Colorado) in 1955. He received his Bachelors of Science and Math in December of 1958. After graduation, he took a teaching position at Mary Louise Flood Junior High School in Englewood, Colorado until June 5. He started to work at Marathon Oil Company on June 15, 1959 and worked there until he retired in 1992. During his time at Marathon, he enjoyed working in the field of electronics and received multiple patents. After retirement, he consulted and volunteered in multiple places including Chatfield Reservoir, with the Teach a Kid to Fish program, Officers Christian Fellowship, Southwest Counseling Center and the Life Center Littleton. He held various leadership positions and faithfully served in various positions at Mission Hills Church. In his later years, he spent winters in Arizona with his wife spending time with his grandchildren and volunteering at Faith Bible Church, Glendale, Arizona.
Jim had many interests and hobbies including music, photography, woodworking, engine mechanics, hunting, camping, fishing, and target shooting. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and flying as a private pilot. He was part of the Marathon Flyers club that owned several planes. He was humbled by many recognitions he received from his colleagues and business associations, including a Faithful Servant Award from Mission Hills Church.
He met the love of his life, Nadine Goodman, in 1956 at Bethel Baptist Church in Denver. They were married there on December 15, 1957. They had 2 children, Linda Dempsey (Don) and Darla Davis (Joel). Other surviving relatives include his grandchildren Jeffery Dempsey (Heather), Brian Dempsey, Christa Denison (Lee), and Laura Davis. He also leaves behind a host of family and great friends.
Services will be held at Red Rocks Fellowship Church, 11195 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton on Monday September 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. A live stream of the service can be viewed on Red Rocks’ YouTube channel at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCx5wSSiMSC0sGzPr-G2w3vA. Memorial contributions can be made to LifeCenterLittleton.org/donate.
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