In memoriam: James (Jim) Corcoran

       Services were April 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for James (Jim) Corcoran, who died on his 86th birthday March 20. He had been suffering from a respiratory ailment. Private inurnment will take place at a later time.

Jim Corcoran (left) stands with his wife Carol and then-Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association President Dick Wulf in 2006 after the stone marker for the neighborhood was installed for an entryway in the 31st Street median near Kiowa Street. The project also involved working with the city to remove the pavement there and replace it with decorative rocks, soil and xeriscape plantings. The association is responsible for entryway maintenance, which the Corcorans organized in the years following the installation.
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       He and his wife Carol had been married nearly 25 years.
       Born in 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mr. Corcoran was a World War II Navy veteran. He later graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in law.
       He practiced law in South Dakota and Iowa before moving to Colorado Springs in 1964. He worked for Shepard's/McGraw-Hill as a managing editor for 27 years, retiring in 1991.
       A resident of the Westside since 1987, Mr. Corcoran was active with the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood As-sociation (PVNA), helping re-establish it in 2000 and serving as its president from 2002 to 2004.
       One lasting sign of his advocacy is the entryway - located on 31st Street near Kiowa Street, facing northbound traffic - for the 840-home residential area. Finally completed in 2006, the entryway took about three years and did not go in until after required extended discussions with several city offices and advocacy from a city councilmember. Known for his sense of humor, Mr. Corcoran once wisecracked in a Pioneer interview that it would have been easier to bring back a house of ill repute in Old Colorado City than to get the entryway approved.
       According to a PVNA report, he also helped bring about the following: left-turn arrows at both Fontmore/30th and Colorado Avenue/30th, the annual hazardous waste collection during the annual PVNA Trash Day and ongoing maintenance of the entryway.
       In a Meet a Westsider column in the Westside Pioneer last year, answering the question about worst advice, he responded, “Go into private law practice in a small, western South Dakota town.” Under his pet peeve, he criticized “drivers who think the 31st Street entryway garden and/or Camp Creek is their personal ashtray.”
       His favorite hobbies included traveling, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time at his cabin near Cripple Creek.
       Mr. Corcoran is also survived by four children (Sandra, Patrick, Kevin and Kimberly) and three stepchildren (Shari, Don and Steven). He also had 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son (Michael) and a great-grandson.
       In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Rock Ledge Foundation, c/o Ron Wright, 1126 Chambers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80904; or to the Odyssey Hospice Founda-tion, 5526 N. Academy Blvd, 80918.

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