James Shawcroft

James Lewis Shawcroft

Sunday, October 29th, 1939 - Thursday, August 15th, 2019
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James Lewis Shawcroft was born in Alamosa, Colorado on October 29, 1939 to Horace B Shawcroft & Mary Caryl Crowther Shawcroft. He was a lifelong resident of Conejos County. James graduated from La Jara High School in 1957. He began his lengthy railroad career in the late 1950’s by hiring out on the D&R GW Railroad as a fireman on the Narrow Gauge. He also worked as an engineer on the D&R GW, Cumbers and Toltec, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific Railroads. He ended his railroad career in 2003 by retiring as an Engineer on the Union Pacific. James took over the family farm and worked tirelessly growing alfalfa, grains, and raising cattle. He especially loved the cows and the challenge of earning their trust and love. James always took great pride in raising a quality crop. James spent many years driving the back roads between Manassa and Richfield as the ditch rider of the Richfield Ditch Company.

James was married in 1958 and from that marriage came three children Brenda McBride, Kelli (Kelly) McGinnis both of Manassa, and Brett J. aka Charlie (Tanna ) Shawcroft of La Jara.

James married Carla Rae Gilleland on June 13, 1975 in the Manti Utah Temple. Together they raised their children Kristin (Angelo) Valdez of Pueblo West, Bart (Stephanie) Shawcroft of La Jara, Nathan (Kathleen) Shawcroft and Candace (Steven) Johnson both of Manassa. James was blessed with 29 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. James’ children and grandchildren were his greatest accomplishments. James always treasured the visits he received from his family and when they got ready to leave his standard remark would be “Leaving already? You just got here”.

James is survived by his siblings Larry Shawcroft, Ruth (Dwayne) Aldridge, Joan (Mike) Stoeber, Geraldine (Ted) Curtis, Susan (Neil) Hammer all of Alamosa, Thomas (Dixie) Shawcroft of Fairbanks, AK, Edward (Vickie) Shawcroft of Alamosa and Ronald (Deanna) Shawcroft of Pueblo, Co and sister-in-law Nanalee Shawcroft of Fairbanks, AK. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Bob Alan Shawcroft, and one grandson Keil McBride.

James was known by many for his honesty, hard work ethic, generosity, and sense of humor especially while working on the farm, hunting and fishing with his sons. He has left a void that will never be filled. His memory will be cherished always by his family. Until we meet again.

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Rogers Family Mortuary in Manassa, Colorado. A second visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. in the primary room of the Manassa First Ward building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. also at the church. Interment will follow services at the Manassa-Romeo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made to the ward missionary fund, or to a charity of their choice in honor of James.

Rogers Family Mortuary of Manassa is in care of arrangements. If you would like to leave online condolences or tributes for the family please visit James’s obituary at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, August 19th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Rogers Family Mortuary, Manassa
    205 N. 3rd Street
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
    Manassa First Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint
    311 Main Street
    Manassa, CO 81141
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Manassa First Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint
    311 Main Street
    Manassa, CO 81141
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    Bishop Joel Anderson
  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 12:00pm
    Manassa - Romeo Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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Sandy Martinez

Posted at 02:13pm
I was heartbroken to hear of Mr. Shawcroft's passing. He was always such a sweet, nice gentle man. We have all the family in our prayers. May our Heavenly Father send the comforter and may you all always have sweet memories of him.

Jennice Opal Nance

Posted at 03:52pm
Carla, my heart goes out to you, you are a very strong woman and have been thru so much and Heavenly Father has blessed you and will continue to do so. You have great memories with James and a very special family that will always be there for you. Take care and thank you for being such a wonderful life long friend. Love ya much Jennice Nance Quintana & Jasper

AC Woodward and family

Posted at 01:08pm
Our thoughts and prayers be with you.
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AC Woodward

Posted at 01:02pm
I am so sad to hear of James passing. Being first cousins, I have known and looked up to James from my early childhood years. It was a privilege to work on the railroad in Alamosa and Durango with him. I loved it when I could be on the same crew with James. He was a fun guy to be around. I send my sincere condolences to all my Shawcroft cousins and to Jame’s children and Grandchildren and especially to Carla.

Hammer and Curtis Families

Posted at 11:36am
With our love and sympathy
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