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James William "Jim" Hopkins

September 19, 1949 May 31, 2020
James William "Jim" Hopkins
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Obituary for James William "Jim" Hopkins

Jim, age 70 of Colorado Springs, CO.

James "Jim" Hopkins, beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, teacher, coach, and friend, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on May 31, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. His love of his family and his faith in God always brought him peace.

Jim married his best friend, Mary Laura, November 6, 1971, and raised four children with kindness, love, joy, and humility. He taught us to love nature, to value family, to cherish books, and to see beauty in the world.

Jim retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of service. In his second career he followed his passion for literature as a high school English teacher and Forensics coach. He taught for one year at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, 16 years at Liberty High School, and then found his teaching family at St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, where he taught English and coached Speech and Debate for 5 years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Mary Laura Hopkins; children Liz Germonprez (Matt), Emily Hopkins, Steve Hopkins (Allie), and Paul Hopkins; his grandchildren Zoe and Sage Hopkins and Maggie and Nate Germonprez; and his sisters Martha Smith and Janet Basham.

A private Funeral Mass with family and close friends will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Private interment will be at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO on July 1st.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributing in Jim's name to Saint Mary's High School of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute in Denver, or Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation of Colorado Springs.

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Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 6/30/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church

55 North Jefferson Street
Monument, CO 80132

Jim's Mass will be held for his family and close friends. There will be a Celebration Gathering and Reception for friends following the Mass with time,and place to be announced once confirmed, Please check back, thank you..

St. Peter Catholic Church
55 North Jefferson Street Monument 80132 CO
United States

Cemetery Details


Air Force Academy Cemetery Final Resting Place

Colorado Springs, CO 80841

Colorado Springs 80841 CO
United States

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