March 18, 1937 ~ May 21, 2020

Born in: Louisville, Colorado
Resided in: Boulder, Colorado

Jim Hobbs, 83, of Boulder, CO passed peacefully in his sleep at home after a three-day turkey hunt.

He was a cherished family man, avid outdoorsman and a true cowboy. Born at the Monarch Mine (Louisville, CO) March 18, 1937 to Robert Hobbs and Blanche (Luker) Hobbs, he was the oldest of 4 siblings. Raised in the times after the Great Depression, he learned the value and necessity of hard work. Working on his family’s farm east of Eastlake, CO from a very early age, instilled a livestock and farming background he used his entire life. Graduating from Adams City High School in 1955 he married the love of his life Evelyn Eppinger in 1958 in Denver, CO. Together they raised two sons, Jesse (1960) and J. Frank (1961) first in Eastlake, CO and then on to the Troublesome east of Kremmling, CO before finally settling at their current residence north of Boulder.

Jim thoroughly enjoyed watching and coaching his sons in their school sports activities and especially both of their rodeo careers. His love of the outdoors, fishing and hunting were paramount in his life. Turkey hunting and the yearly elk hunt on Troublesome creek were two passions he pursued and loved to share stories of to most anyone he met. After a few various jobs he spent 30 great years working for the Public Service Company of Colorado as a lineman, retiring in 1994. Probably his greatest achievement in life was his cow herd he put together starting with 1 cow and the purchase of his beloved 27 Mile Ranch south of Brush, CO. Many great years of raising calves and riding good horses at the ranch made his life very fulfilling. He was a huge NASCAR and Pro Rodeo fan as well. Jim was a former 4-H leader, scout leader, member of the Antique Bottle Collectors of Colorado and a life member of the NRA.

He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Evie; sons, Jesse (Chris) Hobbs of Pueblo, Colorado and J. Frank Hobbs of Keenesburg, Colorado; grandson, Casey Hobbs of Pueblo; brothers, Gary Hobbs of Eastlake, Colorado and Dale (Kay) Hobbs of Lochbuie, Colorado; sister, Janette (Ed) Riggans of Thornton, Colorado and several nephews and nieces.

Per his request he has been cremated, and no service will be held.

Jim and the family also request no memorial contributions.

A private, family service will be held at a later date.

Rest in peace Great Cowboy.

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  1. I met Jim and Evie several years after I married Steve and moved in the house across the street from them. I would notice their 2 horses standing at the fence everyday as I came home from work. I was drawn to them and asked if it would be ok to feed them. He agreed. After Scuff (horse) died and I retired, I began meeting and feeding their horse Goldie everyday. Through Goldie, I got to know Jim and Evie better. Jim would walk over and say in his unique cowboy banter “So I see you’re bothering my horse again”. He had a voice and cadence that was like none other. His love and knowledge of horses and cattle was beautiful to witness as I shared the love but had little knowledge. He and Evie are a cornerstone to our neighborhood. Seeing him walk in his yard, feed the cattle and wave hello will remain with me always. He is missed.

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  2. Jim was one of the most honest and decent people I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. I really enjoyed working with him and socializing after we both retired.
    We will all miss his smooth manner and unique perspective on life.

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  3. Jim was a great guy.
    We all will miss him.
    Evie my heart goes out to you.
    You ever so very nice and kind to me when Charles left this world.
    They will have good times with each other now.
    Love and prayers

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  4. I use to love messing with good ole’ Hobbs… man, would he get after me!

    I giggle just as hard retelling the stories all these years later. As an apprentice on his crew, I was informed under no uncertain circumstances was I to operate his “mustang” (skid-steer). So, of course, without fail, every morning when Hobbs showed up on the job site, he’d catch me banging around trying to operate it. I can still hear his cowboy boots clanking on the concrete behind me as he chased me down the alley. I was laughing so hard that he caught and tackled me. After drilling me in the chest for a bit, he had to stop because we were both laughing so hard. I have so many more stories like that.

    It meant a lot to me when Jim & Evie hosted my breakout party – they were always so good to me… man, am I going to miss “good ole’ Hobbs,” he was one of a kind.

    Rest In Peace my friend, until we meet again. -Dan Eipper

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  5. A true piece of American life just left us.
    Jim was as straight and honest as the day was long. He didn’t have to “talk the talk” because he truly walked the walk.
    He had a way of letting you know what he expected of you without belittling. I suppose that’s called a great teacher.
    He let you know, in no uncertain terms, when you messed up. Then show you how not to.
    He was so even keeled, so solid, a thinker before a talker.
    He often championed the underdog…but that underdog damned well better hunt afterwards.
    He didn’t seem to need or appreciate praise although when you offered it there was a tiny twinkle on his eye and ever so slight grin. Kinda like a private joke with himself.
    Great man who left an imprint on a bunch of lives.
    Hunt hard Duke! Ride like never before. Polish your guns…and, above all, rest well partner.

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  6. Duke (Jim) was a great friend. A friend to anybody that knew him. He had great values and it was a honor to know him. Great to work with, fun to hunt with, a great tutor for my sons on shooting and reloading. Ride the skies on a good horse Duke. Evie our hearts go out to you, you trained him good!

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  7. I took a picture of Jim’s switchs, arrestors and insulators mailbox and asked the XCEL Electric Distribution Standard’s group to guess the vintage, voltage, brand and type of arrestors that were there.
    Apparently a former Joslyn arrestor rep, Jason Smith, lives just up the street from Jim.
    2 comments on Jim and my connection:
    1) Years ago, I gave Jim and his son a ride to the Pueblo State Fair and they rode in the back of my 74 Camaro,…2 ½ hours long! 😊
    All he would say is ,..Yup! to anything I said and smirked a short smile,…with those shining chewing tobacco teeth and overgrown mustache,….great time.
    2) Oddly enough my son Andy and my grandson Sam hunt Turkey all the time! I am sure Jim enjoyed the time to do Turkey
    Carlos J. Negrete

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  8. Duke and I started Public Service within a month of each other and retired the same time – LOVED working with him!!!!! LOVED seeing him at auctions and stock show – ALWAYS had a smile and a ‘howdy’!!!!! He will be missed – GREAT GUY!!!!!

    Hal

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  9. Jim was a unique neighbor who gave us insight into ranching life. His iconic phone-pole mailbox and the horses, bull, or baby calves in the yard were a Valhalla neighborhood landmark. His love of animals, love of the land, and love of hard work were apparent. We’ll miss his friendly greetings.

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  10. Darwin & Janette Benedict.
    Very honest man and didn’t pull any punches. Was a somewhat private person, not volunteering any information unless asked. He would never tell you what his age was and that seemed to be something he enjoyed by withholding the information. Work with Jim at Public Service in Boulder until I left in 1976 to farm in NE Colorado. Never knew he had a ranch in the Brush area. Had I known probably would have tried to made contact with him.
    I enjoyed the heck out of him when I could, or made an effort, to be with him.
    He will be missed by many. Thank you Jim for letting me in your world.

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  11. We are sorry for the family at this time. It sounds like he lived life to the fullest and what a way to go. Our sympathy to you all.

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  12. Frank and family. We didn’t know your Dad but from all the comments, it sounds like he was a great man. A lot of him shows in you. Condolences to you and your family

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  13. Jim and Evie have been such lovely neighbors since we moved to the neighborhood 30 years ago. Jim loaned us his wire stretcher and patiently taught us how to mend our fences years ago. I’m not sure there was anything he didn’t know how to do, and he was so generous with his time and knowledge if you asked. He will be dearly missed.

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  14. Evie and Family
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! Such a wonderful soul. I know Jerry has very fond memories and has talked about his past stories of Jim. Know we are thinking of you Evie and sending hugs your way. Thoughts and Prayers 🙏💕

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  15. Always looked up to Jim he was my big brother even though there was a big age gap. When I was 13 he took me Elk  hunting I did not know a damn thing he would get up in the middle of the night it was 4 am. We would tromp thru the snow sometimes with snow shoes to get to the right place before sun up. I was so noisy  he nick named me F troop if you remember the show.He loved Elk hunting & he taught me how to hunt. He loved his Jeeps it is still probably still in the yard I helped Him work on it some. I remember riding up hunting freezing my butt off he had rigged a heater vent from a vacuum cleaner to keep the windshield clean . I did not know he was a NASCAR fan.Love you Jim

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  16. Evie, Jesse and Frank
    You all have our deepest condolences in Jim’s passing. Duke was the first lineman I worked with on Goonie’s (Paul Leinweber) crew when I was a summer dummy in early 1970’s. He left an indelible impression of what hard work and enduring friendship was all about. We were together during a harrowing ambulance ride into Boulder and his words of counsel and encouragement after have never left me. Rest In Peace good friend.
    Tom (Huck) and Debbie Hutchinson

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  17. Evie, Jess and Frank and family,
    Jim always called me Suz…..just like everyone did when I was a kid. He was straight out of a Louis L’ Amour novel. Cowboy through and through!

    This came out of a Leanin Tree card.
    Somewhere under a bluer sky in a higher realm than eagles fly
    In a land of beauty beyond our knowing.
    with trees and flowers and water flowing and mountains of unearthly grace our loving Lord has made a place and someday through an open door we’ll see that glorious evermore.

    That is where Jim is now.
    With deepest sympathy,

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  18. Jim was an “old-time” person. The kind of character you would find in a Daniel Boone story, or a John Wayne novel.
    “They don’t make’em like that anymore”, some people say. He was the real deal. A non-commercial genuine cowboy.
    An icon in the modern world. An American cowboy. Jim was a kind man, who loved nature and family and his ranch.
    A devoted father, a faithful husband. Firmly rooted like an old oak tree. Jim loved the western style. He liked trucks with a clutch, cows, horses, saddles, hunting and land. Jim wasn’t long on words.
    We were long time friends…by proxy…(through Evie.)
    I liked talking to him and I respected him for being a good husband and father. Jim thought everyone should learn something new everyday. Jim was a very wise person. Jim and Evie would come to our celebrations and I know Jim was not enjoying being there but he came anyway. He probably was thinking of what he needs to do for his livestock.
    I feel I mostly knew him indirectly through his wife, Evie. For whenever we were together, there was always a chapter or update on Jim. Jim and his latest hunting and his cows and many other interesting things.

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  19. Evie Jess, and Frank, I had the privilege of working with a great man for twenty five years. Hobbs always had a positive outlook on life. He was a great role model for all the guys in the line department. Really loved and respected “Duke”.
    Rest In Peace my friend!

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  20. Ford & Carole Craig
    Jim was so good to work with through the many years. You could depend on Jim to do what ever but he was always straight and honest if he disagreed. He would give you that look, twitch his mustache, and then quietly give you his opinion. Always admired his mustache. Quiet, honest, dependable, knowledgeable, and quite a sense of humor in his own way. He was always willing to give a helping hand and was highly respected. We always looked forward to seeing Jim and Evie at the annual bingo party. We would save seats for each other to make sure we sat together. We will miss seeing Jim periodically at McD’s on 28th and catch up on the latest. Jim will be missed.

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  21. Well Jim as the Frank Sinatra song says I did it my way. And you did that all your life. You had a way to accomplish everything you started. You had a great sense of humor. Could not eat a meal without your Special Fork. Ate butter syrup and bread on the oil cloth table cloth at Granny Luker’s. And boy did you catch hell from her and you told her no reason to dirty a plate. And you could run one boot on one boot off caught me and threw my harmonica on the roof. Ended my aspiring music career. Thanks for coming to get me from school when we had blizzards. Family called me Net but you called me Tough. And of course to this day I am living up to that name. Just know it will be Tough for all of us to do without you but because you taught us all to be tough we will get through. Keep the smile on your face. I have said before God had a plan for you and now your time on earth is over but you have a new career in Heaven. Watching over all of us here on earth. I told Casey to watch for feathers that is a sign that Grandpa is reaching out to you. Touch the feather and you are touching him. I will miss. Love TOUGH😢

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  22. Evie:
    Sorry for Jim’s passing. I always loved to look up on the day of auction to see him wave, smile and go back to work. Loved his mustache. You both had a beautiful life together. A man of few words but a life lived well. Out
    prayers are with you.
    Ed and Dee Wolfe

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  23. Dearest Evie and boys,–

    Hey Jim–I always did “get a kick out of you” –like the old Sinatra song says, —-When I would call to check on Evie, and family, and Jim would answer the telephone–It would be “Howdy” –and he would visit about his day and the rodeo or whatever was coming up. I knew he loved his life——-his Evie and his boys and we all loved Jim —from high school days and thru the years he was always a great sport about putting up with all of us from that other high school in that other town——-Westminster.

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  24. I met Jim many years ago when he would bring his horses up to pasture on my Fathers farm. I don’t believe I ever saw him in anything but blue jeans, a western shirt, and always a bandana! I loved watching him take care of his cows on the open space which once was part of my families farm. In the winter he would start honking his truck horn at the bottom of the hill, and by the time he reached the top, the Girls were gathered, and ready for breakfast! During calving season, I would spot a newborn, and talk a mile a minute about how it was doing, and his reply was always…Yuuuup, I’ll be up a little later to check him out! Round up time was always a fun event for myself and camera. There were no dull moments from the riding of horses to round them up, or to the years when he drove his four-wheeler. Yee Haw and away he’d go!
    I was very fortunate that he would let me photograph him, but I aways had to include an animal in the picture. I’m sure going to miss that honk and wave as he would drive past our house!

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  25. Jim loved Evie and Jim loved his family and Jim loved the ranch.
    Then there were other things that Jim liked to do. Jim liked to go hunting. He’d like to go out to Brush and ride the horse and do all of the chores that tending the cattle entailed. We’d laugh when Evie told us the stories of the Bull who went socializing on the other side of the fence. And we were surprised that the cows had names.
    Jim was a gentle man.
    Rest in peace Jim

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  26. Evie and boys, the memories you have are miles and miles long. I always enjoyed seeing Jim at the breakfasts, but I really didn’t know him. My connection were his PSCos benefits since he knew I worked in that arena. Loved the mustache and when he talked you knew he was a true cowboy!
    Love Dar Sronce

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  27. Evie,
    I got home from an appointment today and Lynn told me of Jim’s passing. I am so sorry that I missed talking to you and look forward to talking to you soon.
    I knew Jim, through you but the one thing that I know about Jim was he was the real deal. You knew where he stood, “no if, an’s or but’s.” He was genuine and very down to earth.
    Lynn and I love you very much and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons. Let us know if you need anything and I would love get together with you, Betti Jean and Dean for lunch or a nice dinner sometime soon.
    God bless and keep you in his everlasting arms.
    Bob

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