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Jim Flowers passed away Tuesday, April 10, after a lengthy illness.

Jim was born April 13, 1939, in Montrose, CO. to Wayne E. And Nellie (Humphrey) Flowers. He attended school at the Kinikin School for first grade, and then finished his elementary schooling at the Uncompahgre School. He graduated from Montrose High School with the class of 1957, was very active in FFA and served as secretary at the state level. He married Rayma Harris in August, 1960, and was father to three children.

Farming, ranching, and livestock were his main interests until he attended auction school in 1970. He opened the livestock auction in Montrose, and owned and operated it for several years. The business was closed due to his failing health, and he then worked with the livestock auctions first in Salida, then Monte Vista, and finally Western Slope Cattlemens Livestock Auction at Loma, CO.

He loved his family - children, grand children, and great grand children - and enjoyed his auction career. He is survived by his wife, Rayma; daughters, Jill (Dave) Kearns of Montrose; Joy (Doug) McKnight of Ignacio; and son, Jimmy D. (April) Flowers of Grand Junction, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and siblings, JoAnn (Jim) Gardner, Jerry (Vicky) Flowers, Bill (Debra) Flowers, and Jack Flowers and Sandy. Sister & Brother-in-law, Beverly and Wayne Brown, along with many nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his long-time close friend and co-worker, Bill (Karen) Sutton and their family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne & Nellie Flowers; nephew, Larry Brown, and great niece, Alisha Bishop.