November 15, 1930 - April 11, 2020
James Passed away at his home in the presence of his childhood sweetheart and loving wife, Virginia. Jim was born in Bridger, Montana to Edwin and Margaret (Thormahlen) Shatto in 1930. He was the youngest of 10 children, only 5 surviving to adulthood. Jim is predeceased by his parents and sisters, Alice Royce, Helen Ridenour, Ella Mae Shepard and Ruth Jares. Jim is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Virginia, daughter, CoraLee (Bill) McIntyre, sons, James (Darla), David (Jennifer), and Joseph. Grandchildren, Keith (Jamie) McIntyre, Erin McIntyre and David’s sons, James Davis, Reese, Collin and Evan Shatto (their mother Lea Shatto). Great grandsons Derek and Ryan McIntyre (Keith).
Jim entered the US Navy upon high school graduation in 1948 for a three-year commitment and extended due to the Korean Conflict. He served time in the Panama Canal Zone, the USS Bexar (APA237) in Inchon, Korea and then around the world. He continued serving in the Navy for a 20-year career with tours in Butte, MT, USS Gregory (DD802) the US Merchant Marine Academy in El Paso, TX and the Admirals writer (twice) at COMCRUDESPAC. He retired as a Senior Chief Yeoman at Naval Air Station, Fallon, NV in 1968.
The family moved to Broomfield, CO in 1968 and Jim had a second career in public service with the US Postal Service. He was an active member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church for over 52 years in many capacities, including as a founding member of the Parish’s Knights of Columbus Council.
Jim’s sense of humor, generous spirit and writing skills were cherished by his family and friends and will be missed by all.
Services will be held at a later date at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Broomfield. Internment will take place at Fort Logan.
Tokens of remembrance may be made in the form of donations to St. Jude Children Foundation, Shrines Children Research, Broomfield Senior Center or the charity of your choice)