December 21, 1943 ~ August 3, 2019

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

John E. “Jack” Fitzgibbons, born in Chicago, Illinois on December 21, 1943 to Rita and William Fitzgibbons.  He attended parochial schools graduating from De La Salle High School in Kansas City, MO.  He also studied at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966. He later earned a juris doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  In 1968 he was drafted into the U.S. Army.  Later, 1975 to 1980, he served in the U.S. Army JAGC.  He joined the U.S. Air Force, and from 1980 until his retirement in 2004 he served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Department Reserve, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During his 45 year career he continued to participate in continuing legal education at both Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.  In 1974 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association.  Over the ensuing years he would also be admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, Colorado Bar Association, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, and U.S. Claims Court.  His areas of practice included military law and divorce, bankruptcy filings, litigation, family law, personal injury, wills and estates, and general practice.  He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Geraldine Chavez.  He is survived by his second wife Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons with whom he enjoyed the last 21 years of his life.  Also surviving him are his children from his first marriage Tami (Rich) Vicars, Kelly (Jason) Arnold, Patrick (Jennifer) Fitzgibbons, and Marcus Fitzgibbons.  And, stepchildren Kimi (Mike) Brown, Erinn Corson, Rusty (Julia) Porterfield, and Skip (Amanda) Porterfield.  His life was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild who he loved and adored.  Four sisters and four brothers, many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Monday, August 12th, 7:00 p.m., at Horan & McConaty Chapel, 5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial.  A funeral mass will take place on Tuesday, August 13th, 11:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 4900 Montview Blvd, Denver.  A procession to Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, will immediately follow the funeral mass.  Guests will be received at a reception following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Jack to Denver Center for the Performing Arts: General Scholarship Fund, or Capital Campaign. More information listed below.


Recitation of the Rosary : August 12, 2019 7:00 pm

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

Room: Family Chapel

Funeral Mass: August 13, 2019 11:30 am

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
4900 Montview Blvd.
Denver, CO 80207


Graveside Service: August 13, 2019 2:15 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Staging Area "C"

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John E. "Jack" Fitzgibbons's name.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

1101 13th Street
Denver, Colorado 80204
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Memories Timeline


  1. Adrienne, to this day I have such fond memories of being able to visit with you and Jack when I was in Denver. My heart is with you on your grievous loss. Much love and deepest condolences to you and all of Jack’s family.

  2. I was impressed by all of his accomplishments and loved his jolly humor. I will miss his smile, so sorry for your great loss.

  3. Adrienne, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jack was loved by all who had the great privilege of meeting him.
    So sorry for your loss.
    Lyn and Michael

  4. Adrienne, Your classy guy with the great smile was a sweet, warm, gentle man. The two of you were such a beautiful fit.
    The days at the Jazz Festival was so much fun even though he was struggling then I will always remember it fondly. My heart goes out to you. Embrace our Lord’s loving Angels as they wrap you in warmth & bring you peace. Fondly, Roselyn

  5. Adrienne,
    Tom and I send our deepest Condolences to you and your family at this time.
    Sending Love and Prayers ,
    Cyndy and Tom Marsh

  6. Jack was a dapper teddy bear of a man with a whole wallop of wonderful. He will be missed by all who had the privilege and pleasure to know him.
    Condolences, dear Adrienne, to you and your family, and to all of us who loved Jack.
    Bobbi Rankin

  7. A close friend and wonderful human being. I will miss our political chats and mostly our friendship and similar joys. Say hello to Jason for me!
    Craig Fleishman

  8. Kelly, you and your entire family are in our prayers. I enjoyed hearing stories about your Dad and wish I had met him in person. Today he was remembered in the prayers of the faithful at Saint Thomas More.
    Love to all of you Annemarie and Michael Roy

  9. I am deeply honored and blessed to have not only known Jack but to call him family! He was always kind and loving, and I will forever carry him in my heart. Accept my condolences. Love you Dad.

  10. My deepest sympathy to Adrienne & the family. Jack left quite a legacy, so accomplished, yet humble & kind to everyone who came into contact with him. We will all miss him, such an exemplary human being. Love & prayers going out to the family.

  11. Dear Adrienne – John and I were so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    From an Irish headstone:From a headstone in Ireland:
    Death leaves a heartache
    No one can heal
    Love leaves a memory
    No one can steal

  12. RIP, Jack. Your honorable journey on earth is leading you to a journey of spirit and protection for those you love and cherish

  13. To the Fitzgibbons family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your father and husband. Jack was a faithful and valued member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for many years. We recounted stories and prayed for his soul at last week’s meeting. Thank you for sharing your Dad and husband with us. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Michael Collins Division, AOH Denver

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