March 10, 1968 ~ August 3, 2022

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Crested Butte, Colorado

James P. Tafoya, 53, passed away on August 3, 2022 in Gunnison, Colorado.

James is survived by his wife Regina Splees Tafoya; the children they shared their home with: Reina, Sheana, Kohki, Genki, and Abby; his parents Paul and Sally Tafoya; and the many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

When you meet James, you feel you have known him for years.

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up at

Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2022 in theMontgomery & Steward Chapel .

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Funeral Service: August 13, 2022 1:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. CandleImageI knew James both on Maui and in Colorado. I witnessed the beginning of James & Regina’s relationship and witnessed their marriage vows. We shared the unique experience of relocating our families from Maui just a year apart. Both Regina and I met the loves of our lives and they committed to loves us unconditionally and raise our 4 children with us!! We very much loved our lives in parallel. James loved every unique thing about Regina and accepted her unconditionally for who she was! James was an honorable man and I admired his commitment to family and unique perspective on life. He died too young and will never be forgotten. RIP Brother❤️
    Vei & Zea and family

  2. CandleImageJames just wanted to let you know that you left your long John’s at my house. Wish you were just a little taller all kidding aside I love the way you would come to my house knowing that my door was always open to you and your family. Going to miss you but you will always be in my heart. Your uncle LT (godfather)

  3. James,
    So grateful to have you in our lives. You will be missed. Your smile, your mischief, your magic in the kitchen and the love you have for all. God bless you!

  4. CandleImageI have so many fond memories of James, usually it always began with a phone call and him yelling “what’s up cousin” followed by that James chuckle. Whether it was hey I’m in town, I wanna see you, from a beach in Maui telling me how his beer was getting hot or him freezing his butt of in Created Butte, It didn’t matter, I always loved the phone calls.
    I Love you cousin !!!!

  5. CandleImageMy Love, Mi Amor

    You will always be in my heart and by my side. We have been waiting for each other
    for a thousand years, and I will wait for a few more to be with you again.

    If the sun refused to shine
    I would still be loving you
    When mountains crumble to the sea
    There will still be you and me

    My love is strong, with you there is no wrong
    Together we shall go until we die, my, my, my
    Inspiration’s what you are to me
    Inspiration, look ‘n’ see
    And so, today my world it smiles
    Your hand in mine, we walk the miles
    Thanks to you, it will be done
    For you to me are the only one
    Alright, yeah

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