September 3, 1928 ~ July 19, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Lafayette, Colorado

James K. Holst, 92, passed away July 19, 2021. Survived by children, Kathy Sutton, Dick (Darlene) Holst, Pat (Mick) DiFronzo and Susan (Paul) Hoglund; grandchildren, Dawn Sutton, Amber Nevins, Bobbi Pack, Jennifer Tormohlen, Stephanie Wetzel, Adam Wetzel, Brenden Hoglund and Katie Richardson; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy (John) Mendoza; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Edward Holst and John Holst; and sister, Margaret Alley. James was born to Edward and Dorothy Holst on September 3, 1928, in Pueblo, Colo., received a BS Architectural Engineering Degree from C.U. Boulder in 1953 and was a self employed architect from 1961-1985 and retired in 1994 from Western Area Power Administration as Senior Architect. He enjoyed photography, sail boating, fly fishing, airplanes and was a world traveler. James also enjoyed the Pueblo Choral Society and was a cantor at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He was a Veteran U.S. Navy Flight Control Tower Operator, Treasurer of Colorado Chapter of AIA 1968, First President of South Chapter AIA 1969, C.U. Alum President and Director of Pueblo Energy Association. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial Mass, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 414 W. 11th St. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Online condolences,


Memorial Mass: August 18, 2021 1:30 pm

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
11th St. & Grand Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003


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Imperial Memorial Gardens
5450 Highway 78 West
Pueblo, CO 81005


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  1. I feel compelled to mention an observation, which I believe was an amazing event at Uncle Jim’s Final Tribute on earth. It happened during the Military Honors presentation of the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Whereby, suddenly a noticeable gust of wind started. It was just strong enough to get attention, yet not too strong to disrupt. The Military Honors presentation proceeded to honor Uncle Jim, with special presentations for his children — more specifically, his treasured son Dick. They concluded the beautiful Final Tribute for Uncle Jim absolutely impeccably.
    It was the amazing timing and duration of the gust of wind, which can seemingly only be explained by one of two reasons. Either it was mere coincidence, or it was Divine Intervention. Given the fact that the wind gust started during the Military Honors, and ended almost immediately after, the reason seems obvious.
    I believe there was a Final Honor hidden in the Military Honors. A Final Fly Over, for a distinguished veteran U.S. Navy Flight Control Operator. Yes, I believe God ordered His Angels to perform a Final Fly Over, invisible yet magnificent, for a fine man who served Him well.
    I share this amazing observation for everyone who knew James Holst well. However, I write this especially for his beloved children (my special cousins) and family, whom may have been too over whelmed with emotion to notice the timing and duration of the amazing wind gust. It started quickly, lasted momentarily, then ended suddenly. Yet it was the timing that revealed the Divine Intervention. The wind gust started just a couple minutes before the Military Honors concluded, and ended almost immediately after the Military Honors finished: Wind created by the wings of Angels, honoring your Father one last time on earth.

    Rest in Peace Uncle Jim

    Michael Siegel

  2. Jim was a special friend and brother to our long time friends Dorothy and John Mendoza. My memories of Jim include Mexican food lunches with him in various spots around Pueblo; and when he visited me during my tenure at the Frank LLoyd Wright Foundation. Jim hosted me a group of Architectural students for a visit to the Phoenix, AZ Western Area Power Administration building he designed. During that time, I arranged for Jim to stay at Taliesin West where he took beautiful pictures of the facility during several arranged tours.

    I am currently the advisor to the restoration of a golf clubhouse Jim designed in Colorado City. The non-profit doing the renovation invited Jim to the kickoff of the restoration where he told interesting stories of the original job adding appreciated historical reference.

    Jim Holst was an amazing fellow and I enjoyed his company immensely. My condolences to the family.

  3. One of the most charming and classy men I have ever met! It has always been a true honor to be able to refer to him as Uncle Jim.
    My sincerest condolences to all his children and family members. I feel so very proud and happy to have all his children as my cousins.
    Uncle Jim, I am sure you are now in your special place, prepared especially for you, in Heaven. I strongly believe your entire family also knows that, especially your extremely special and beloved children. I pray and believe they will all take comfort knowing you will be watching over them closely and patiently, until you are all reunited once again.
    Rest in peace Uncle Jim.

    Michael Siegel

  4. Susan and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Knew your father from the Chorale. He was a nice man.

    Rosemarie (Torres) Vest

  5. So sorry for your loss of a great man. He was a wonderful photographer and person. Prayers and hugs to all of the family Teddi Adams

  6. Dearest Jim,
    I will miss your jokes and our special banter during PCS rehearsals. I always enjoyed your warmth and our shared laughter. You will remain in my heart, sweet friend.

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