On August 25th 2013, Jack L. Mitchell went on to his heavenly reward that he so rightly deserved. Jack unexpectedly and quickly passed away Sunday from the deadly West Nile virus. He has left this earth, and gone into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus.
Jack was born to his father, Irwin Leitz (Mitch) Mitchell, and his mother Virginia Davenport Mitchell, in Chicago, Illinois on September 2, 1931. His family soon moved to Sterling, Colorado when Jack was 6 months old, and because of that, he always considered himself a native to Colorado. Jack grew up in Sterling, Colorado then, as a young man went to the University of Colorado. This made him a Buff fan for life! He was a season-ticket holder of CU football for over 50 years. Jack loved football and was a big sports fan.
Jack left CU to serve faithfully in the Navy during the Korean War. After the war, he returned to Colorado in 1957, and he took over his family ranch in Sterling until 1964. At that time Jack went into the insurance business, and ran his own insurance agency in Longmont until the day he died. Jack was a respected businessman who never could have worked for anyone else; he was a true entrepreneur. One thing he has said for years is, “I need to work hard while I am still young, so I can retire well when I get old!”
In 1979 he met Barbara, the love of his life, and together they moved to Longmont. There they built a life together and Jack always said, “My life started at the moment I met this woman. She is the greatest miracle God ever gave me.” They spent the best years of his life together. Barbara was his joy, his desire, his strength, his rock, his cheerleader, his life. He was the man he was because of the woman who constantly stood beside him. Jack was a man full of energy and life, and he and Barbara enjoyed every day. Everyone wanted to be their friends, because they were always ~ “Jack and Barbara”.
Jack was a great dad to 5 children who adored him; he made each one feel like they were his favorite. From oldest to youngest: Mike Mitchell, Tom Mitchell, Julie Mitchell Vandyke, Barry Mitchell and Greg Mitchell.
One thing Jack took pride in, and one of his greatest accomplishments in life was being a loving father. He always supported and encouraged his kids to be the best they could be. Jack also has 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren who love him dearly.
One of the major events in Jacks life was being healed from alcoholism in 1975 in Estes Park at Harmony Foundation. When Jack went there, the doctors thought he was going to die of liver failure. But Jack called out to God and God healed him instantly and completely! God gave Jack a new liver, and a new life. He is known there today as “the miracle man” at Harmony Foundation. A few months ago, after a checkup, the doctor told him, “Your liver is so healthy that indicates you have never even had a social drink in your lifetime.” It is a true miracle.
Jack was a godly man who attended church regularly and served faithfully. And since 1982 Jack used his life experience to lead a chapter of Overcomer’s every Thursday night. He did it freely and willingly, to help others overcome addictions. Only heaven knows how many lives were impacted by Jack’s dedication, love, and support to people who have been hurt by addictions. Jack did this for over 30 years, until the week before he died. Jack served his community with pride and integrity, and is loved by the many he impacted.
We will miss Jack, but we know he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We have a great hope in our hearts that we will see him again in heaven one day.
Jack Mitchell will not be forgotten.
Services for Jack will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 at the New Creation Church in Longmont. Interment will be at Fort Logan Cemetery, Denver, CO.