John Allen Kristan

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September 13, 1936 ~ April 13, 2023

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

John Allen Kristan, age 86, passed away on April 13, 2023. He was born on September 13, 1936, in Pueblo, CO, to John and Mary Kristan.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol; his children, Jim, Jill (Dan Donoho), John (Brittany), Joe (Amy); as well as his 6 grandchildren, Alexis, Brody, Garrett, and Jenna Kristan and Victoria and Jaclyn Donoho; his brother, Dave and numerous other family members.
John (fondly known as “Maury”) was a graduate of Pueblo Central High School, where he was a member of the honor guard. He then went on to join the army from 1959-1962 where he served in Germany. He enjoyed vintage cars, playing softball and watching sports of all kinds. Although always satisfied with the simple things in life, the love and devotion he had for his family was profound and unprecedented. Living life to the fullest for Maury was defined as spending time with those he loved. He will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and humility. One of his favorite sayings was “You play the hand you’re dealt”, which is just another way of saying make the best of every situation. Maury lived this way consistently with grace, patience, and a positive outlook.
Per his request, there will be no service.
Maury will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Online condolences,

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  1. My sincerest condolences to the Kristan family.

    I remember as a high school kid being friends with John and spending time at the house on Loyola and how Maury used to have such patience with John and I goofing around and being kids. I remember he never missed an opportunity when we were headed out the door tell us to be careful. I remember always thinking what a wonderful father he seemed to be to John and Jim and Joe and Jill. That’s stuck with me even after all this time.

  2. Sorry to hear of John’s passing. My condolences and prayers for John, his family and friends.
    John and I were neighbours and friends back in the 1950’s. We both had Oldsmobiles that we built up the engines and they were two fo the fastest cars in town, we had a lot of fun running the cars.
    Rest in Peace John.

  3. Carol and family..I knew John for over 40 years, worked with him for 35 years, he was my best friend. We shared a lot of memories and laughs. He sure loved his family, he talked about them all the time, he was a sincere and loving man. I will always remember our time together at work and then for our many breakfasts that we shared with other friends once a week. He is missed so much and truly left a mark on my heart.

  4. Carol, I was so sorry to read of your loss. Bob and your husband were high school friends and enjoyed each others company for years. My prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Dear Carol and family. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Love to you and Prayers!

  6. I Bud) knew John in high school and of course as a neighbor. He was always a gentleman and a good
    friend. He will be missed greatly. Occasionally we would meet outside and discuss things. One of my
    favorite topics was the time we spent in high school playing basketball at the old state fair armory
    on the same team. He recalled that we never won a game but we had fun.

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