James Triplett, age 66, passed away on January 28,2022.  James was born on May 13, 1955, to Mary and Merle Triplett. On August 16, 1975, he married Lori Pauley in Breckenridge, Colorado. They were married 46 years.

James was a master plumber and owned his own business. He learned the plumbing trade from his stepdad, Tony Gunn and his oldest brother, Will Triplett.  He passed his knowledge on to his many employees and family members.

Through the years, James loved playing golf, competitive trap shooting, classic cars, and motorcycles.  He made many lifelong friends along the way.  Recently, James was a full-time traveler with Lori in their spacious fifth-wheel trailer visiting Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas.  They had many adventures together and enjoyed the retired life to the fullest.

James is survived by his loving wife, Lori Triplett; his children: Nicole Blanc and Michael Triplett; his siblings: Will Triplett, Clyde Triplett, Alex Triplett, Zilda Ketchum, Ronald Gunn, and Canon Gunn; his grandchildren: Aden, Avery, Junalee, and Ainsley.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Gunn and Merle “Trip” Triplett and his stepfather, Tony Gunn.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 28, 2022 at 1:00 at the Downtown Vineyard Church, 402 Grand Avenue, Grand Junction, CO.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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  1. We all loved James and he will live in our hearts forever. A new friend to me but I felt like I have known him forever. God speed my friend. You have left a hole in my heart. Love you my dear friend. ❤️

  2. James was the first person I met moving to Colorado. I believe he saw my golf clubs in my garage and came over and introduced himself.
    He and his family basically adopted me and welcomed me to their entire family. James and I played a lot of golf with him beating me every time.
    I think about James and Lori all the time. I guess it was his time but not for all the people he left behind. I still don’t believe he’s gone. James was a great friend to Jane my wife and I. We had many great times on my front porch having Happy Hour
    and pizza.
    Love and miss you James

  3. My condolences to Lori and the family ???
    I remember many great times riding together in the HOG Club, lots of laughter. We hen I think of James, I always see his infectious smile ?

  4. It breaks my heart to lose our friends of our youth. Especially friends like James. Lori, you and your kids are in my heart and please know we will think of James fondly always❤️

  5. We met James and Lori in Rockport Texas 2021. 2 amazing people. James just made us feel like we had known him forever. He introduced Pot Stickers he fixed on the Grill. We never heard of them but since then we eat them and think about James with smiles on our faces. Thanks James you were one in a million. Our hearts go out to Lori and his kids and Grandkids and all his family.

  6. Gone but not forgotten.. Rest In Peace James..?

  7. James was a great individual and had a big heart. He was always there to cheer you up! The best thing I remember is his brick he has even the bronco played and would always throw it when it was a bad call or play!

    Life is too short and remember, you never know when they will leave!

    James will be missed by many!

    Thank you for what you did for everyone around you!

    Mike Triplett

  8. James will always be in our hearts and thoughts. He’s peacefully resting in Jesus’s arms.

  9. I have great memories of James, the sports we played in school the cruising in his Gto and road runner, Going to miss ya James

  10. James was an all around great guy. His love for Lori and his family was evident. He was a great friend — full of life. Always ready for the next adventure; always ready to lend a helping hand. Loved our golfing days and car shows and bar-b-ques. We will miss your smile and friendship forever.

    Greg and Brenda Hearing

  11. James will be missed. He was a vey kind person and generous with his time and friendship. Knowing he rests in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, means we will see him again in heaven. Unfortunately, I only saw James a few times since the early 80’s. Our hearts (Robin and I) go out to Lori and family.
    Yes, His smile was contagious.

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