James Marsh Addington

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Durango resident James March Addington died Friday, June 22, 2012, in Durango. He was 70.

Known as “Twisty-Jim,” he was born to Burchard and Ruth Addington on March 30, 1942, in Gardner in south-central Colorado.

As a youth, he lived in Durango, Pagosa Springs, La Veta, and Aspen, as well as California. He spent summers at his great-uncle’s cow-camp on Mount Sopris.

Mr. Addington graduated from Poly-Tech High School in Burbank, Calif., where he was a member of the Townsmen Car Club.

He served in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Mr. Addington had many careers during his life. He drove heavy equipment for his father’s contracting company; was a craftsman, making and operating a leather-making company for many years; was a horseman, running Rocky Mountain Safaris; and sold Native American weavings and then automobiles.

Mr. Addington hitchhiked across Europe and North Africa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

“Twisty-Jim was the consummate individualistic, western maverick, living life on his own terms,” his family said. “He could spin a yarn, so tall and long, that his ‘twisted tales’ are legendary to all who knew him. His infectious humor and laughter will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.”

Mr. Addington is survived by his daughter, Ashley Addington, of Durango; stepsons Vernon Ferrell, RJ Ferrell and Robert Lee Shalfant, all of Durango; former wives Dale Greenwood and Melodie Addington, both of Durango, Diane Gomez of Farmington and Norma Stuebinger of California; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Victorious Life Fellowship, 1 Junction Lane in Durango. The Rev. Stan Formby will officiate. A reception will take place afterward at his daughter’s home. Burial will take place Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Gardner Cemetery.