November 16, 1950 ~ January 6, 2019

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Greenwood Village, Colorado

Dr. James Edward Dost was born on November 16, 1950 to Ed and Helen Dost in Chicago, Illinois.  He passed away on January 6th, 2019 at Jones Pass in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

Jim attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.).  He moved to Denver, Colorado in 1975 to complete a residency at Denver General Hospital.  He then opened his own dental practice and served the Denver community for 43 years until his recent passing.  He also served as professional member of the Colorado Dental Board.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed backpacking, skiing, showshoeing, and especially pursuing the elusive golden trout by way of fly fishing.  The accomplished Eagle Scout relished the outdoors, and enjoyed many trips to the Wind River area with a loyal group of likeminded friends.  Jim passed away while enjoying a day of snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Helen Dost.  He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kathi; his sons Brian, Brody, and Jeremy; his brother Rob; and the multitude of friends and patients that he has acquired and held on to over the last 68 years.

As an avid Michigan fan – his sendoff is Go Blue!




Funeral Service: January 13, 2019 1:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Reception: January 13, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122


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  1. Dear Kathi, Sending love, hugs and prayers in the loss of your husband. May God bless you during this difficult time and always.

  2. I will miss my brother in law, he was one of the most laid back, easy going, and such a enjoyable friend to be around. I will miss our talks about Michigan and the Broncos. He had such pride in his wife Kathi and the boys, and his love for them was unmatched. He is gone too soon, and will be missed by many. Gods speed Jim #RIP

  3. Kathi, Deepest sympathy to you and the family. We were blessed to have knowing him. Gone to soon. Sending hug’s. Patty and Gerry

  4. I had the good fortune to have a life long friendship with Jim beginning in Michigan. A good friend. A good man. My sincere sympathies to Kathi and family. I will miss him.

  5. On behalf of my wife, Bonnie, and myself, please accept our most-sincere condolences for the Dost family’s loss. I had the privilege of attending several of my high school years in Michigan and got to know Bob Dost as a friend. I’m sure that his big brother would have been quite a role model to follow!

  6. I am stunned and profoundly saddened by Jim’s passing. He was indeed one of the most laid-back, easy-going, and enjoyable friends to be around. I say that having worked for him for over four years and seeing him on a daily basis, and there was a reason I continued to drive from north Boulder to south Denver to see him for my dental care.
    My love and long, warm hugs to Kathi and the family.

    • Elsbeth — Such a surprise to see your name! I had no clue you knew Jim and Kathi. The world is large — but the circles are small…
      Jacqueline Hirsch & Chuck Montgomery (

  7. Just shocked to hear of Jim’s death. Family gatherings were fun when we got together and I always thought there’d be more times to do such as we got older. He was good looking like his Dad, smart and a fine one.
    Our sympathy and love to you all as he will be deeply missed,
    Susan Rice

  8. Dr. Dost was among the finest in many ways. It’s heartbreaking to lose him. It appears he was enjoying his love for the outdoors when he departed. My sincere condolences to Kathi and family at this tender time. May your hearts heal each day.

  9. Kathi, dear One — We were stunned to hear of Jim’s death. Our hearts are with you. I believe he and Bill Barwick are again together hiking the wilderness, and sharing stories (and some lies!). I miss them both.
    Jacqueline Hirsch and Chuck Montgomery

  10. So sorry to hear this. Him I talked for some time at the reunion this past summer. He, I do believe never missed any of our 10 reunions every 5 years. We were in the same homeroom all 4 years of high school. Great guy through and through. He will be missed by his entire Port Huron Northern Class of 1968 that I have ran for years.

    We will all meet again some day as a class and I know you will be a sight for all our eyes to see for yet another class reunion as you never miss them.

  11. “I am the dentist!”
    -Reference to Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors said to me during an appointment.

    Only met him a couple of times but he left a lasting impression on me. I will miss him greatly.

  12. From our days at U of Michigan and forward, Jim was a wonderful classmate , roommate and above all a friend. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to have known him

    • Brad,
      I grew up in Monroe, and when I moved to Denver in the 1970’s Dr. Dost was recommended to me by my family dentist there. When he found out I was from Monroe the first thing he asked was if I knew Brad Douglas. (I was in your brother Steve’s class.) For 40+ years he would always mention when he had seen you or was planning to. What a great friend you had!

  13. Kathi,

    I’m so heartbroken to hear of Dr. Dost’s passing. So very traumatic and sad. I am here for you. I know your sadness and shock. Please reach out to me any time.

    I will miss the best dentist I’ve ever had! Peace and love to you and your family!

  14. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing. My dentist for over 40 years, and more importantly, he was just a very good man, honorable and friendly. My condolences to Kathi and all his loved ones.

  15. So very sorry to hear about our pal Docs’ passing…..what a huge loss! We will miss his kindness and friendship ……hoping that his family finds comfort in their memories and knowing that he will live on in our hearts forever.

  16. My heart hurts because I’ve lost a dear, dear friend so valuable in my life. We had so many laughs.
    Bob Scott

    I believe I was one of his first patients when his door opened 43 years ago. I have told all of his employees that “I have known him since he was a pup”. He has taken very good care of us all those years and we will miss him dearly. We were so lucky to know Kathi also and send her and their entire family our heartfelt condolences.
    Leni Scott

  17. Our hearts go out to Kathi and the kids! Jim was the best dentist we ever had- you could tell his skill by his light touch and great outcomes. We and our kids were patients of his his whole career. We enjoyed his humility, skill, intelligence and our shared love of the Wind Rivers

  18. Jim was a 4-year fellow classmate at Port Huron Northern, very popular, and a sharp dresser. I remember his madras shirts and v-neck sweaters. I can still smell the Canoe cologne that he wore. God bless Jim and God bless his family.

  19. Saw many sporting events with Jim and his Michigan friends at various sports bars and homes in the Denver metro area. Go blue!

  20. Jim was my dentist and friend, and knowing his love of the outdoors and his wife Kathi, it is a comfort to know that he had been there enjoying both of his greatest loves in life. I’m still in disbelief and shock and dismay that one so young and vibrant and active should have left us much too soon. My deepest sympathies to your family, Kathi, he will be greatly missed by the many who loved him.

  21. Jim,
    I will miss our enjoyable trips to to Rockies games, as well as our endless discussions about our home improvement and craftsmen projects. And I regret we never realized the slingshot backyard party to once and for all end your vole problem. Kathi, we will still seek gluten free dining with you and remain your loyal friend.
    Jack and Jean

  22. Susan and I are deeply saddened with the loss of Jim. He was such a caring and honest person. Our hearts and love go out to you Kathi and to everyone around you.

  23. Kathi and family. Our hearts ache for you and the community. What a tragic loss to all who knew him. Jim was one of the most beautiful, graceful skiers Ive seen. Such a pleasure to ski with. The mountains will miss his presence. Pat Kaplan

  24. Kathi,

    I am so saddened about Jim’s passing. Jim was a wonderfully skilled and compassionate dentist. I was lucky to have him take care of my family and me for over 40 years.

    I was also very lucky to have Jim as a such good friend. I will always treasure the time spent with Jim watching Michigan games and chasing after Jim as he skied with his impeccable form down the runs at Copper Mountain.

    Jim was such a gentle and caring soul. I will miss him greatly.

    Jamie Kaplan

  25. I will remember Dr. Dost as the kind and thoughtful man he always was. His nature was to put others before himself. He had a soft light about him and a wry sense of humor. He enjoyed making people happy and I am a better person for being able to work for him for over 3 years. I am so saddened by his sudden passing, he was entering his golden years and deserved to reap the rewards of years of work and dedication to serving others. The world has lost a true treasure.

  26. Kathi,
    Jim and I were so shocked to hear of Jim’s passing. But what a way to go, with the love of his life in the place he liked best, the outdoors. We can’t imagine your grief at this time. Our sadness at losing the best dentist ever is only a part of the sorrow we are feeling for you and your boys. Knowing Jim for 33 years has been a joy and a lot of fun. Our hearts go out to all of you and all your family. Hang in there and remember he is still only a thought away. ❤️
    Ree and Jim

  27. Kathi – we are so very sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts are with you and your family. We always had great conversations, and enjoyed hearing about his latest adventure. On top of that, he was the best dentist. He was a good man and we will miss him.

    Martha and Bob

  28. Words cannot express how heartbroken we are. We have you and your family in our hearts and prayers. Being a fantastic dentist does not begin to shine a light on the phenomenon man he was. Kathi, we are here for you and I’m a phone call away. All my love, Tasia Giovanni, Brittney, Nik and Bill P. and Tavon.

  29. Jim was one of my dental residents at DGH and a great friend. He took care of several of my patients when I retired and my sister in her final years.
    I will miss talking with him and our lunches together as well as dinners with him and Kathi.
    The dental community has lost a true caring dentist and I have lost a true dental friend.
    Godspeed my friend.

  30. Dear Kathi And Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Jim was a great person and will be missed.

  31. Kathi
    I was shocked to read The Post this morning to learn of Dr. Dost passing. He was not only my favorite dentist but also a fly fishing compatriot and a friend. He was a fine man and will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to you and your sons.

  32. Kathy and sons, So sorry to hear about Doc’s passing but if you are called away, where better than in his beloved outdoors. He was my only dentist for over 40 years. He was also a dentist for my wife, my mother in law, brother in law, my sons, friends that I referred, etc. Great dentist, better man. Ed Stratman

  33. Just read the Post this evening and saw Jim’s passing. A great shock! My condolences to you, Kathi, who with him looked after my dental care so well for so long.
    Bill Robinson

  34. Dear Kathi and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. He will be truly missed. Please let me know if I can help.
    Suzanne Laudert

  35. I just heard about Dr. Dost and wanted to pass on my condolences, he was my dentist for many years, and I would never think about going to anyone else. He was always very kind and professional, as was Kathi the rest of the office.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed.

    Sondra Nowowiejski

  36. Dear Kathi,
    I am extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Dost’s passing. I extend my deepest sympathies to you and to your family. As you know, I was a patient of Dr. Dost’s for twenty or so years. He was not only a wonderful dentist but a kind and thoughtful person with a wry sense of humor. He will be greatly missed not only by me but I am sure by all of his many other patients.
    My condolences,

  37. It’s so difficult to put into words the sadness and disbelief I felt when I heard of Jim’s passing. Kenna told me “today we’ve lost a friend”… and what a huge loss it was and will be for the remainder of my life.
    I hit it off with Jim immediately, and felt a real comradery with Jim. Crazy as it sounds, I actually looked forward to seeing my Dentist, his wife, and always interesting, and loving staff. I felt like each visit his office was to see my friends, catch up, and reconnect, with perfect dentistry as the bonus that just happened to come along with seeing my friend and his extended family. Jim and I frequently talked about his kids, his fishing, his outdoor adventures – past, and future, and plans for selling the practice. all of my memories of Jim were exceptional, and it hurts my heart to think I will never see him again.
    of all the great memories, there was one in particular that stands out that I’d like to share: in this particular Dental disaster, Jim was kind enough to meet, and treat me on a Saturday, or a Sunday (I don’t recall which) to address a cracked veneer on my front tooth. I was traveling on Sunday night to head to DC for a business trip, and this wasn’t just a blemish – without a fix it was a full dental comedy! I would have looked like a first class “Beverly Hillbilly”, missing a front tooth, while briefing to high level government customer’s in DC. I remember thinking “oh, God … what am I going to do?”
    I was so grateful and thankful that Jim took the time to come and help me on that day, (a day off ). he didn’t ask me to come back in a day, or a week – he said “sure” and that’s how he was – always kind, always helpful, and understanding. I was touched, and humbled by his graciousness. During that quiet Saturday visit, we sat in his office and talked for about an hour after he was done “making me look normal again”. We talked about school, Boy Scouts, the Colorado mountains, and family (both mine and his), and our shared experiences of becoming husband’s and instant family men (having step-children). we sat and talked and watched the time pass without a care in the world. Jim could have easily said “time to go” I need to run … but he didn’t. Instead, he invited me into his private space and spent time getting to know me, sharing about his life, his family, his joys, and yes … telling a goofy joke or two (which I don’t mind). It really hit me that Jim’s passion was connecting with people, impacting their lives and sharing (both give and take) with his patients, and that I’d made a new friend.
    The last time I saw him, we sat in his office and talked about plans to get together and celebrate the sale of the practice. We talked about getting together for dinner, going for a hike and “getting the girls together”. I couldn’t imagine in a million years that I’d lose a friend I was just starting to really get to know and to appreciate. It is safe to say that I respected, admired and loved my friend Jim, who just happened to be my dentist, the best dentist I’ve ever known. I will miss you my friend.

  38. We are heartbroken God took Jim too soon. What a wonderful man – he will be so missed.

    Love always to Jim and Kathi,
    Linda and Michael Azar

  39. Kathi,

    We are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful ,generous with his heart , and caring soul.

    Russ and Angel Jackson

  40. I am so sorry for your loss Kathi. Jim was the best dentist I have ever come across and always looked forward to talking with him during my check ups. I will truly miss him.

  41. Dear Kathi
    I’m so sorry and shocked to read about Doctor Dost’s passing. He was my dentist for so long. I feel I know you both. He was so pleasant and easy going with me. I feel a great loss. My prayers go out to you and your family. God bless you always. Love Charlotte Larson

  42. I just learned about Dr.”D” passing
    What a wonderful compassionate
    My deepest sympathy to Kathi
    and the family
    My prayers are with you.

  43. Dr Dost, “Doc”, was the first paying dentist I worked for. And though I was only with him 3 years total, the experience and knowledge I gained while assisting with Doc immeasurable throughout my entire dental career! Loved his corny jokes he told his patients! Loved so many things about him as a dentist and a man! He will be greatly missed by me and my family!

    Kathi, I am so incredibly sorry! I was his assistant when he proposed to you! He was almost blushing when he told Barb, Laurie and I, that y’all were engaged! Thank you for all you did for and with Jim! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  44. I am so heartbroken to hear about Dr. Dost. I can’t express enough how this world lost such a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathi and family and his team at the office. May you find strength in all the great things he left behind.

  45. Oh Doc…my heart is broken that such a vibrant, life-embracing soul such as yours has left us behind so soon.
    I could not have gotten through our loss of Peter without your friendship and support…now I can only imagine you and ol’ Pete sitting on a cloud planning your next hike.
    Kathi, you and the boys are in our hearts and minds. Know how much the love of your friends surround you. This very, very fine man left us all too soon and will be remembered and loved by so many.
    Our thanks for sharing him with us,
    Robin and the kids

  46. Kathi – I came to Dr. Dost as my first Denver dentist, having recently moved from East Lansing. Jim was recommended to me by Sally U. Hartschuh (maybe she and Dave were still dating), who was a dental hygienist at the practice.
    Over the many years, I enjoyed hearing the stories of the many renovation projects and backwoods adventures, shared tales and trepidations of kids growing up, and always have enjoyed seeing you in the office, and getting your appointment messages on the phone 🙂
    I was heartbroken to hear of his passing.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  47. Kathi and family –

    Dr. Dost was the “best of the best”! My heart goes out to you and the family in your loss. Hold on to those wonderful memories.
    Freda Moore

  48. Kath, just heard about Jim today when Roge called. The Kappas have all been emailing back and forth tonight and we are thinking of you and the boys. Jim was so gracious when we got together in Denver. I am so so sorry for your loss.

  49. I was Dr. Dost’s patient for over 30 years and was always impressed with the painless, professional dentistry that he practiced. Even more impressive was that he found time to sit and chat and hear about my adventures and me about his. Jim was a warm and genuine human being and he will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

  50. There just aren’t enough times in life when you come across someone who exudes such intelligence, kindness, professionalism and subtle warm humor. I feel so fortunate to have found Dr. Dost – it truly was a pleasure to have known him for such a brief time.
    My heart goes out to his family, especially his wife Kathi: I so have looked forward to her greetings and have always been so impressed with their partnership which exemplified support, friendship and service.
    May we all try to have the same wonderful outlook and provide the same sense of welcoming professionalism that James provided to all who were lucky enough to enter his environment.

  51. Long ago, when I relocated to Denver to attend my last year of law school at the University of Denver College of Law, a fellow M alum Richard Yolles JD (who died last year), recommended Jim as a dentist. Jim impressed me with his professionalism, level of care, and was always focused on me as the patient. I stayed with him, and that level of professionalism and caring since that initial meeting in 1978. Of course, when I discovered that he was an alum, I shared experiences of even breaking into the then unfinished Dental school as an undergraduate (to see what it would look like there next to the History Museum), and several M football watch parties at LoDos. I admired that he would “volunteer” to serve on the Dental Board when he had plenty of other work to do. It is sad that he passed on Jones Pass, since that has been one of my favorite crosscountry ski trips over the years, but I will remember him (and his family) kindly whenever I visit again.
    My condolences to Kathi and Jim’s entire family. Bill Myers ’73 LS&A

  52. My husband and I just learned of Dr. Dost’s recent passing. Dr. Dost was the best and we always felt so comfortable and “at home” visiting his practice. We feel a great loss. Our hearts go out to Kathi and their family.

    Amera & Seyo Bukva

  53. Just today heard the sad news about Dr Dost. Prayers and warm thoughts to the family and Kathi. He was my only dentist. My boss recommended him when I told her I had not been to see a dentist. He was so caring and gentle, did not lecture me for lack of seeing a dentist. He pulled all 4 wisdom teeth and filled a couple little cavities for me. Then forword only needed cleanings, lucky for me. The dentist. Would starve if everyone was that lucky.
    He will be missed. Gone too soon..

  54. We just heard the sad news yesterday. Dr. Dost was a kind and gentle man and we enjoyed going to his practice over the years. Kathi and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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