James Guy "Buddy" Moorman Jr. | PostIndependent.com

James Guy "Buddy" Moorman Jr.

James Guy “Buddy” Moorman Jr. of Glenwood Springs died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004. He was 61.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Eagle’s Club, 312 7th St. in Glenwood Springs.

Mr. Moorman was born Aug. 23, 1942, at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., to Mozelle and James Guy Moorman. He was the oldest of six children. He attended University High School, where he was president of the Dukes Club.

After graduation, he owned and operated a bar in Topanga Canyon called Big Tom’s. Later, he started a cleaning company with two partners called Mobi Drape. The company expanded into Colorado, where he became the sole proprietor. He ran the business successfully for 20 years.

In later years he followed his passion of creating and designing leather artwork. One of his pieces was a motorcycle covered entirely in leather. His work was shown and admired in many galleries.

Another passion pursued since childhood was his mastery of illusion and magic. He shared that gift by performing hundreds of shows for children and adults.

Mr. Moorman loved life and the company of family and friends. He would help any person in need.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mozelle Moorman; by a brother, Mark Moorman; by sisters Becky LaFerrara and Bottons Tryon; and by a granddaughter, Darby Luark.

Mr. Moorman is survived by his father, James Guy Moorman Sr. of Reseda, Calif.; by a brother, Kent Moorman of Reseda, Calif.; by a sister, Cindy Moorman of Brentwood, Calif.; by daughters Brynn Rials of Florida, Barrie Moorman of Silt, and Torrie Moorman of Glenwood Springs; by a son, Eric Olson of California; by eight grandchildren; and by a longtime companion and friend, LeAnna Atkinson of Glenwood Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Asthma Foundation, 1233 20th St. N.W., Suite 402, Washington, D.C., 20036.

Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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