November 26, 1935 ~ June 2, 2019

Born in: Gooding, Idaho
Resided in: Arvada, Colorado

John Daniel “JD” Green, age 83, peacefully passed away surrounded by family Sunday evening, June 2, 2019 after a prolonged battle with Lewey Body Dementia.

He was born November 26, 1935 in Gooding, Idaho to Thelma Dolly Kirtland and Leland LeRoy Green.  He is the eldest of 4 children.  John spent his youthful years growing up on a farm in Hagerman Valley Idaho.  He attended Hagerman High School and upon graduation, he joined the Air Force and did a tour of 4 years where he was stationed in California; Biloxi, Mississippi; Midway Island; and San Antonio Texas where he met his sweetheart, Shirley Marlene Shuler.  They were married on December 27th, 1958 in San Antonio, Texas and shared 60 ½ years of blissful marriage.  After he got out of the Air Force in September of 1958, they moved to Provo, Utah where he attended Brigham Young University (BYU) and later transferred to Utah State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Forest, Range and Wildlife Management, with a Major in Fishery Management.  After graduating from Utah State he became gainfully employed by the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife service as a Wildlife Biologist/Manager eventually specializing in the Endangered Species Program. His career took them to many different parts of the United States. The states/cities they lived in were: Springville, Utah; Ft Worth, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Falls Church, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Gambrills, Maryland; and finally Arvada, Colorado where he retired in 1994 after 36 years of Federal Service.

During those years John and Marlene welcomed three children to their family; Brent LaRon, Darla Kae, and Shari Dawn who currently have all settled down and live in the Denver Area.  They have ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren with two more on the way.  He was so very proud of his family.  John enjoyed the picturesque Colorado Mountains where he spent his time camping, fishing, attending Rockies games and enjoying life to the fullest with his family.  He was a very faithful and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In his later years Marlene and John served as Senior Missionaries for their Church in the Denver North Mission.  John was a gentle man, with a kind spirit and a great love for people.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; his sisters, Beverly (Randall), Linda (Dee), Cheryl; three children, Brent (Mendy), Darla (Scot), and Shari (Bill); ten grandchildren, Nicole (Richard), Corey (Jessica), Dustin (Angela), Michael, Travis, Austin (Jen),  Karlee (Trent), Sheyane (Devin), Ryan and Cody; eleven great-grandchildren, Marcus, Elaina, Tyleigh, Hailey, Jeremy, Brodie, Steele, Talan, Kasen, Bowen, Wyatt and two more on the way.

Visitation is on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80003.

Funeral Service is on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alkire Building, 12995 West 72nd Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80005 with interment following at Arvada Cemetery, 5581 Independence Street, Arvada, Colorado 80002.

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Visitation: June 9, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Funeral Service: June 10, 2019 11:00 am

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alkire Building
12995 West 72nd Avenue
Arvada, CO 80005

Graveside Service: June 10, 2019 12:45 pm

Arvada Cemetery
5581 Independence St
Arvada, CO 80002

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  1. So sorry to learn of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

    I really loved that dear man. He was always so upbeat and friendly. Always greeted folks with a smile. His presence will be missed, but the awesome memories of his life and accomplishments will live on for years to come.

    We are diminished.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very sweet man. My heart goes out to you all. May the Lord guide you as you endure this sadness and may you feel his Love.

  3. Our lives were enriched in so many ways knowing John and his family. The love, kindness and generosity he displayed for all of is family, his Savior and his friends, serve as wonderful example for so many.
    John always holds a special place in our hearts, as their family has been lifelong friends, and he was also connected with my Grandfather through the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. We have so many fond memories of John, and we appreciate the many stories he shared with us about my Grandfather, who I did not know for a but a few years; those stories we cherish and are so thankful for.
    We are grateful for the legacy John has left, for the man he was, for his friendship and for the Spirit and memories that remain with us forever.
    May the fond memories and his love forever be with his family and friends…
    Thank you for making the world a brighter and better place “JD”, and enjoy your well deserved Celestial glory.

  4. John Green, what a wonderful man! We have so many cherished memories of him throughout the years. He contributed so much to our family and was dedicated to his church family and his rewarding career. We loved him so much! Our sympathy is with our dear sister and her family at this time. May you Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father

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