October 11, 1924 ~ February 22, 2012
James Merl 'Mac' McClure, 87, went to dance and yodel with Jesus on Feb. 22, 2012.
He was born Oct. 11, 1924, in Port Blakely, Wash. He lived in Kansas and Oklahoma as a child and moved to Colorado when he was 17 to begin his career at CF&I as a crane operator. He met his beautiful, young wife, Mary Connor, in 1950. They married April 27, 1952, and began their lives together on a farm near Boone. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and bowling with friends and family. Jim has delivered the newspaper for The Pueblo Chieftain for 40 plus years, and never a discount. He retired in 1982 from CF&I, after 41 years of loyal service.
Mac was preceded in death by his father, Merl (Juanita); mother, Anna (Larry) Ross; brother, Robert; in-laws, Tom and Grace Connor; daughter, Grace (Dave) Faix; son, John McClure; daughter, Darlene (Karl) Hoyt; son-in-law, Bob Mellon; and twin grandsons, Thomas and Patrick McClure.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 60 years, Mary; his children, Mary (Herman) Catron, Patricia (Mike) Taylor, James (Sandy) McClure, Thomas McClure, Melody (Kevin) Watkins, Daniel McClure, Jonna McClure, Cheri (Doug) Niccoli and Velvet (Bob) Serena.
Mac was a patient and caring father of his own 11 children, however, was called upon to step in as daddy to many of his grandchildren as well. Rochelle, Brad, Jason, Vickiy, Paul, John, Sarah, Esther, Jennifer, Michelle, Patricia, Shawntelle, Tiffany, Jim, Tracy, Crystal, Tiffany, Christmas, Tommy, Amanda, Timmy, Josh, Patrick, Kristopher, Karl, Chad, Zach, Craig, Danielle, Johnie, Joan, Yolanda, Zachary, Matt, Justin, Sammy, Noah, Buddie, Connor, Robert, Allen, Cameron, Alisha and John. 39 great-grandchildren and expecting three more. Also survived by numerous sisters-and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Visitation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Lynn Gardens Baptist Church, 3804 W. Pueblo Blvd. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com