Jack Lawrence Bever


MONTE VISTA — Jack Lawrence Bever, a longtime Monte Vista resident, whose life journey began on Dec. 14, 1938, in Torrington, Wyo., completed his earthly chapter on Feb. 17, 2024, at the Colorado State Veterans Center.

Jack's formative years were spent in the close-knit community of Monte Vista, where he graduated from high school in 1956. His thirst for adventure led him to join the United States Navy, where he served with distinction in San Diego, Japan, and Guam.  

Jack became a member of Monte Vista Community Methodist Church at a very young age. In 1985, Jack became a founding member of the Wednesday morning breakfast club at the Monte Vista Community Methodist Church. Jack never missed a Wednesday until the pandemic of 2020. His dedication to his faith community did not go unnoticed, as he was honored with the Quiet Disciple award for his humble servitude. Jack also served as an usher at his church for many years.

Professionally, Jack's love for the rails translated into a fulfilling career with Union Pacific and the Denver Rio Grande and Western Railroad. His analytical mind and passion for excellence propelled him to a distinguished career at CDOT, where he worked as an engineer and project manager for 35 years. His contributions to the field were significant, and his work ethic was admired by his colleagues and peers.

Jack's personal life was a tapestry woven with love for his family and the great outdoors. He and his wife Vicki, united in marriage for 61 years, shared a love for adventure as members of the Valley Jeep Club. Together, they supported the Ski-Hi Swim Team for 15 years, traveling and cheering with the same enthusiasm that Jack brought to all his endeavors. His passion for hunting and fishing was only matched by the joy he felt watching his children play sports.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Vicki, and their children John (Coleen) Bever of Crested Butte, Colo., Kari Valdez of Loveland, Colo., Tom (Teresa) Bever of Ft. Collins, Colo., sisters-in-law, Janet Worth Schmidt of Monte Vista, and Cathy (Bob) Woolley of Holdrege, Neb. Jack's legacy continues through his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who will carry forward his values and zest for life. He also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Ruby Tilden Bever, his sister Barbara Bever, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His passing creates a void in the fabric of his family and community, but his memory will be cherished and celebrated by all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 2, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. at Monte Vista Community Methodist Church. Visitation will be held immediately following the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to Monte Vista Community Methodist Church.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in the care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes, and words of comfort for Jack’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.