John Sims, of Cordillera, 1942-2010 |

John Sims, of Cordillera, 1942-2010

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

John Elston Sims, 68, of Cordillera, formerly of Santa Monica, Calif., and Anchorage, Alaska, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday surrounded by loved ones.

Raised in Colorado and Alaska, John was a lover of life, country, travel, the outdoors, and baseball. He was preceded in death by his devoted mother, Ruth (Hubbard) Shuff and his beloved stepfather Les Shuff. John is survived by his wife, Kristin Sims, children Alexandra (Sims) Brew, David Sims, Valerie Sims, and Patrick Sims, stepchildren Ryan Shama and Lindsay (Shama) Olson, and seven adoring grandchildren.

John lived and worked in Santa Monica, Calif., for more than 30 years as an attorney and real estate developer. He was a passionate golfer and valued his time and friendships at the Bel Air Country Club and Jonathan Club. A true gentleman, John was generous, compassionate and humorous. He retired to Cordillera to complete his hard-earned dream of spending his days skiing and enjoying the Colorado lifestyle. John never stopped giving of himself to make others happy, and he will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Services will be in Santa Monica, Calif., at a future date to be determined. Memorial gifts may be sent to the United States Navy Veterans Association.

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