John Russell Holcomb, entered into rest, January 5th 2024 in Las Animas, CO. John
was born on August 5th, 1961 in La Junta, CO. John expressed an extreme amount of loyalty,
charisma, dedication, occasional rebellion but above all he was a fierce friend. All of these
characteristics are what made John unique in his own way.
John’s individuality flourished early on, music was his passion. This passion is what
inspired him to pick up a guitar that he hardly ever put down or left without. His love for music
kept him blind to reality when he was picking at his six string. Hours upon hours sitting and
listening to the same song over and over again, until he perfected every note and tune that
reached at his heartstrings. Moved by the lyrics and sounds produced by his favorite bands
such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard to name a
few. This gave him motivation to start a band with a group of individuals that blossomed into
friendship, connected by their love and enjoyment of music.
As his love for music, his devotion to his favorite Football team the Denver Broncos. His
team left him an undying fan for life. From shirts, hats, jersey’s, mugs, as little as a Bronco
gumball machine was enough to put a smile on his face and show nothing but gratitude.
Spending hours enthralled watching the game in person, with friends, family, at the bar or even
at home, that didn’t matter to him. As long as he was able to clap and jump for joy at every
touchdown was a victory to John.
Following in his mother Jeanne’s footsteps, John began working at the Bent County
Hospital while in high school, caring for the residents. After graduating Las Animas High School
as a Trojan in 1979, he continued his profession in the medical field, attending Otero Junior
College. John’s commitment to his education and his admiration to help those in need was
never ending. While still in college he worked long hours as a CNA for Fort Lyon, VA. Upon
working at the VA, John entered into the Upward Mobility Program, which he took advantage of
right away. This helped him advance in his career to gain his RN license. He continued working
as an RN in the psychiatric ward until his retirement.
During retirement John loved spending time with kids and family. Taking long weekend
camping trips to San Isabel or a family trip to his brothers property just outside of Blackhawk.
Hiking, campfires, and the hot springs were what he always looked forward to. However, talking
around the campfire was what he enjoyed most. Fishing various lakes and rivers, golfing every
course he could, and bowling when available were some of John’s other leisure activities that he
cherished. John’s grandchildren were his new found love. Spending as much time as he could
with them, waiting for them to grow up and teach them what he knew about all the things that he
loved and had passion for.
John Russell Holcomb was preceded in passing by his eldest son Gerald Bradley
Holcomb, his mother Jeanne Francis Holcomb, Father Gerald Lloyd Holcomb. He is survived by
his daughter Tracy “Jeanne” Holcomb of Las Animas, CO. Sons Ian “Russell” Holcomb (Andrea)
of La Junta, CO, Sean “Luke” Holcomb of La Junta, CO. As well as his grandchildren Bradley
“John” Holcomb and Tyla “Rae” Holcomb. His Brothers Jeff Holcomb of Denver, CO, Sister
Donna Lucero (Alex) of Las Animas, CO, Garry Holcomb (Natasha) of Erie, CO. In addition to
his immediate family, he is also survived by several cousins and numerous nephews and
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday 20th, 2024 for the month of
January at the First Presbyterian Church in Las Animas, CO. Pastor Charles Kelly will be
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Johnson-Romero Family Funeral
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A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday 20th, 2024 for the month of January at the First Presbyterian Church in Las Animas, CO. Pastor Charles Kelly will be Officiating.
28082 County Road 10.75,
Las Animas, CO 81054