James M. Currence, 1925-2009, former Vail Valley resident
Vail CO Colorado
James M. Currence, a former Vail resident, was born on Sept. 24, 1925, in Columbia, S.C. He passed away on Sept. 8 in Gainesville, Fla. Those who know him remember him as a loving husband, father and grandpa.
When Jim was 17 years old, he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a frogman in World War II, faithfully serving in the European theater for three years.
Upon leaving the service, Jim graduated college with a degree in restaurant and hotel management. He became a golf pro by the age of 29, and served as a golf instructor for several years before moving to the Vail Valley.
Jim was a Vail Valley local for 21 years. He moved to Vail in 1972 with his wife, Doris, and three children, Jim, Cris and Cathy Currence-Strickler. He came to the valley as the food and beverage director for Vail Associates.
Shortly after, he invested in a local restaurant where he owned and operated the Silver Buckle in West Vail. The Silver Buckle was a favorite for local workers, especially teachers.
In 1993 his loving wife of 40 years, Doris Currence, a teacher and counselor for Eagle County School District, passed away. Shortly after, Jim moved to Florida due to health reasons. While in Florida, he pursued his love of fishing and golf and eventually met and married EmmaLee, who still resides in Florida.
Jim loved the outdoors and spent much of his free time enjoying the mountains. He is survived by three sons, two daughters, a sister, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a time of reflection in memory of his life on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Scott’s Ranch on Gypsum Creek Road. For further information contact Cathy Strickler at 970-471-9822.