Jimmy Mazuchi, 69, of Loma, passed away July 24, 2006. Jim was born May 10, 1937, to Leah Mazuchi in Salt Lake City. He was raised and attended school in Silt. As a teenager he lived with his Aunt Emma and Uncle John Dwire.He married Judy Rising in 1959 at Winterhaven, Ariz., and they began their life together in San Diego. Later that year the family moved to Silt, where Jim worked at Cow Camp for a couple of years and developed his lifelong interest in roping and rodeo. He worked in construction, eventually became self employed and began developing his hometown of Silt with real estate housing subdivisions. Jim competed in rodeo, team roped and calf roped in associations and professionally. From these roping competitions he won saddles, buckles, titles, cash prizes as well as trailers and trucks. But more importantly he made many good friends and roping partners that extended across several states.Jim enjoyed spending time living in Arizona to take advantage of the “year-round” roping and eventually had homes in Arizona and Colorado.Survivors include his wife of 47 years; daughters Kim (Leslie) Stephens of Marble Falls, Texas, Sammy (Ray) Gilbert of Burnett, Texas, Linda (Kirk) Norell of Cash, Texas, Joy Metzger of Littleton; and Jill (Keith) Kerns of Littleton; grandchildren Savanah Koenig, Haley Stephens, C.J. Gilbert, Beri Norell, Joe Dee Norell, Sierra Kerns and Jimmy Dale Kerns.Jim was preceded in death by his mother, aunts and uncles Emma and John Dwire, Angelina and Dick Raley, Lenora and Pete Eccher. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction. Memorial contributions may be to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online memorial tributes may be left at http://www.mem.com.Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Mortuary, a Dignity Memorial provider.
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