James 'J.D.' Portenier, 48, born May 17, 1958, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 15, 2007, at his home in Pueblo, Colo., following a lengthy illness. J.D. was known for his love of the outdoors, music, computers and was an excellent marksman. He loved all children and animals and delighted in sharing his hobbies with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His intelligence was rivaled only by his sense of humor and his kindness. J.D. was a 1976, Pueblo County High School graduate and he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 2002, from Colorado State University-Pueblo. He was preceded in death by his sister, Pamela. J.D. is survived by his daughter, Holly Lynn (Sean) Bettendorf; his parents, Derald and Loretta Portenier; sisters, Marti (Michael) and Pauli; his grandchildren, Summer Portenier and Blake Bettendorf; and his nieces and nephews, Andrew, Tyler, Adam and Hannah. He also leaves behind his beloved feline companions, Fido and Odif. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Kidney Foundation or Animal Welfare and Protection Society, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Good bye JD my friend. I haven’t forgotten you even all these years later. College at USC was fun and you were a hoot and a half. You always made me laugh my friend, even when I didn’t think I wanted to. Rest in peace in the arms of the angels

  2. I was sad to hear of Jim’s passing. My prayers go out to each and every one of you at this sad time in your lives. God bless you all.
    Tonya Doose-Benegas

  3. Dear Holly, Loretta, and Daryl I’m so sorry for all of you, and understand your pain! I remember so many things about your dad and what a great person he really was!! God called him home for a greater purpose, and his time was done here on earth. I know it’s sometimes hard to see through the pain, and tears! But one day you will realize that he is always with you, and has never really left your side. I will keep you all in my prayers, and I will see you tommorow!

    Love, Alaina and Christopher Rusovick

  4. Dear Pauli and family,

    My heartfelt prayers go to you all at this difficult time. May the Lord Bless you and keep you.

    Dawn Shiflett Bauer

  5. Dear Holly,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father honey. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 583-4003 or Strangecountry@aol.com. We would love to stay in touch w/you & your family.

    Again, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. You hang in their girl & please call us.

    Love you so much.
    Laura & Joe Paxton

  6. My deepest sympathy for all of you in this time of sorrow. I can send you my love and prayers for all of the family.

    God Bless

    Lisa Smart and Family

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