James (Jim) Luttrell
Lt. Col. James Luttrell (Retired USAF), 79, of Kingsland, TX, formerly of Carbondale, CO, passed away on May 5, 2011 in Kingsland.Jim was born to Elmer and Mary Luttrell of Cedarville, Ohio. He graduated from Cedarville High School in 1950, earned his BA from Wilmington College in Ohio, and a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, Jim received a note from Uncle Sam saying “I want you!” He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. Jim was then sent to Ellington Field near Houston, TX, for officer’s training. After his training he received his Wings, Lieutenant’s Bars, and his bride Eve Davis all on the same day of April 20, 1956. While moving up the ranks in SAC he served in Vietnam 1966 to 1967 flying B52s. Jim and his wife Eve raised three sons, Bob, Mark, and Paul, and in 1971, 15-year-old Sue became part of the family.On retirement from the Pentagon and the Air Force in 1974, the family moved to Carbondale. He spent the next 25 years with his second career in real estate in the valley. Jim served as Mayor of Carbondale 1992 to 1994. Jim will be remembered as a good father, loving husband and kind to all.Upon retirement from his second career, his wife Eve said “I gave you the first 40 years; the next 40 are mine, so we are going back to Texas, and really retire.” The next 12 years were spent peacefully sitting on the back porch watching the birds, squirrels, deer, wild turkey, and the beautiful sunsets across the lake with his wife of 55 years, Eve.Jim is survived by his wife, Eve, of Kingsland, TX: three sons, Bob Luttrell and (Karen) of Marble Falls, TX; Mark Luttrell and (Maureen Nuckols) of Carbondale; Paul Luttrell and (Amy) also of Carbondale: Sue Williams and (Homer) of Granite Shoals, TX; three grandchildren Dan Luttrell and (Brandi) of San Antonio, TX; Aaron Luttrell of Carbondale; and Adam Infascelli of Glenwood Springs.A celebration memorial with time to remember, will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at The Carbondale & Rural Fire headquarters building training room, located at 302 Meadowood Dr. in Carbondale, Co.This will be a pot luck event, so please bring a favorite dish to share with Jim’s friends and family.In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to; The Carbondale United Methodist Church, 382 S. Second St. Carbondale, Co. 81623
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