John L. Proffitt

john proffitt

April 16, 1929 ~ January 17, 2018

Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

John L. Proffitt passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2018. He was born on April 16, 1929, in Lincoln, Neb., where he was raised. After graduating he was in the Naval Reserves and then attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. He came to Pueblo as a technical photographer and was employed by the Pueblo Army Depot and later the Transportation Test Center. Most of his life revolved around the activities of First United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and group leader of High School youth, choir member, and trustee. John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sarah Jane Proffitt. He leaves a daughter from his first marriage, Valerie (née Proffitt) Young. He's also survived by children, Sarah (née Hill) Kastendieck, Tom Hill, and Jeremiah Proffitt. He was greatly loved by his grandchildren, Heath Kastendieck, Kendra Kastendieck, Dylan Hill, Logan Hill, Payden (née Proffitt) Davis, and Lili (née Proffitt) Davis. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or Stewardship Drive, 310 W. 11th St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at First United Methodist Church. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Valerie,

    So sorry to hear of the death of your father.

    Frequently think of you; remembering shared summers.

    Sending thoughts & prayers to you and yours.

  2. May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter stay close to you as He is everywhere present and fills all things. Every smile you see, remember John, because that is how we remember him…always smiling, always encouraging, always supportive. Our love and prayers are with you all. Circumstances did not permit us to be at his service today, but know that our hearts are with you.

  3. Dear sweet Jane and family. You have been in our thoughts and prayers a lot lately since news of John’s failing health and are deeply sorry for your his passing. We really miss both of you and wished we could have been there. I always cherished every moment I was able to help you in our weekly duties, enjoying John’s kindness, positive outlook, and the ability to always make me laugh. He will be greatly missed. Praying for God’s comfort and peace surround you during this time.

  4. Jane and Family, Jim and I are sorry for your loss, as he was a wonderful father and husband that loved the Lord and will sadly be missed by all, but knowing that he is with the Lord is a great comfort and all the wonderful memories you and your children have of the great times you all spent together will never go away and you will see him again. Our prayers and love go out to you and the family as God sends His unfailing love to you .

  5. Jane and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. John touched many through his service to First United Methodist Church shaping the live of young people. He will be missed by all of you.
    May your faith and loving memories help you to find peace.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Helen and Gordon Murley, Pueblo

  6. Jane and family,. Jim and I were sad when we saw the obit. in the newspaper
    We want to express our condolences to you and the family.l
    we know John was a wonderful christian man and he is happy in heaven;
    God Bless you all,

  7. I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing.

    My prayers and condolences go out to Jane and their family.

    Scott Orf

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