James Richard Fariello was born May 1st, 1944 in Washington D.C. to James Fariello and Anna (Ziegs) Fariello. He was the oldest of four siblings. After Jim got out of the Navy, he met Carol Koelling on a blind date and they were married on June 28th, 1969.
Jim got to live in many places during his childhood, Washington D.C., Yonkers, New York, Cuba, Connecticut and then moving to Grand Junction, Colorado when he was a senior in high school. After graduating Central High School, Jim joined the Navy and was stationed aboard the USS John Weeks destroyer ship. After his 5 year tour in the Navy he came back to Colorado, the state he loved and called home.
Jim had several careers during his working years with some of them as a Brighton Police Officer, volunteer Brighton Fire Fighter and working for the Adams County DA as an investigator. Jim also was in the Army Reserve from 1978 - 1999 when he retired from his service in the military. His love for his country and the armed services has been strong his whole life. He was very proud that his father, brother, nephew and now grandson all served in the military.
Jim was an avid treasure hunter. Jim spent all of his vacations and free time with his metal detector or gold panning. Jim even hosted a radio station show called Treasure Seekers to instill the love of treasure hunting to the younger generations. This love was instilled and it carried over to his son Juston who is an archaeologist. Jim and Juston had many adventures searching old ghost towns for treasures.
Jim is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Janon (Doug) Swink, son Juston Fariello, grandchildren Saige, Wesley, KyAnn and Troy Swink, sisters Linda Israelson and Carol Coale, brother William Fariello and five nephews and four nieces. Jim is preceded in death by both of his parents.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's name to the Brighton United Methodist Church Youth Group.
The family will celebrate Jim's life in a private service to be held on July 24, 2020. Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to join the celebration of life by watching the live streaming of the service on July 24, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Due to the recent pandemic and social distancing requirements, the family would like to invite friends to join them in the celebration of Jim's life via a live stream presentation on this page. The video will be live beginning at 9:55 am on July 24, 2020.
The family would like to invite friends and family to an open reception to be held at 13401 Harvest Road, Commerce City, CO
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