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James Leroy Lucius

James Leroy Lucius died after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Durango. He was 74.

Known as “Jim,” he was born to Sylvester and Belle Lucius on Jan. 5, 1939, on the family farm at Cedar Point, Utah. He was the fourth of nine children.

In 1942, the family moved to Nevada, where both of his parents worked for the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot. Mr. Lucius spent his childhood years in the desert surrounding Hawthorne and graduated from high school in 1957. In 1958, he was appointed as an official of the Babe Ruth League. The family moved back to Cedar Point in 1959.

From 1961 to 1962, Mr. Lucius served in the Air Force.

For much of the next 20 years, he worked on seismograph crews across the United States.

On Jan. 30, 1970, he married Corda May Waters in Minot, N.D.

At age 32, Mr. Lucius enrolled at Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. He was awarded the William E. Todd Memorial Scholarship in May 1972, and graduated with an associate of science degree in 1975.

After moving to Durango in 1983, Mr. Lucius worked in the transportation department at Tamarron Resort, drove for Durango Transportation and worked at Peerless Tyre Co. until his retirement.

His brother Donald Lucius was his caregiver during his final years.

Mr. Lucius was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Corda Lucius, of Minot, N.D., in February 2012.

He is survived by his son, Randy Davis of Karlsruhe, N.D.; sisters Elizabeth Bartley of Durango, Patricia Maddox of Sacramento, Calif., and Margaret Sharp of Hamilton Mont.; brothers Donald Lucius of Durango, William Lucius of Boulder, Jerry Lucius of Oceanside, Calif., and Kenneth Lucius of Stockton, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A family remembrance of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Elizabeth Bartley c/o Hood Mortuary, P.O. Box 7, Durango, CO 81302.

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