He married Ruth Helen Kestner in 1947, and they moved to Colorado, where he received his horticulture degree from Colordo A&M, now Colorado State University. He spent his career in the Colorado State University Extension Service, retiring in 1989, and was recognized at CSU in 1979 with an award recognizing outstanding performance as an Extension employee.
His wife preceded him in death in 2009. He is survived by daughter, Kathy (Golden), and son, James (Los Angeles). At his request, no services will be held.
Donations, in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins CO 80524, may be directed to the Colorado 4-H Foundation, CSU Foundation, Rocky Mountain Raptors Program, Larimer County Food Bank, Larimer County Humane Association or the charity of your choice.
Jim’s Colorado State University colleagues remember Jim fondly.
“Jim was a dedicated, professional leader in Extension, highly respected and fiercely loyal,” said Milan Rewerts, retired Extension director.
“He was a team player and he was the glue that resulted in an Integrated Ranch Management program that received national recognition,” said David Ames, an emeritus professor of Animal Sciences at CSU. “We all trusted Jim’s advice and commitment and we are all better because we knew and worked with Jim Doyle.”
“Jim was ideal for his role due to his knowledge of the state and interest in a new, interdisciplinary concept of delivering information to the people of the state. He was the glue that held us together in the early years and we owe him a major debt of gratitude,” said Dennis Lamm, also an Animal Sciences emeritus professor.
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Published in The Coloradoan Aug. 31