James H. Mosley

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James H. Mosley

1935-2005

Former Craig resident James H. Mosley, 87, died in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005.

Mosley graduated as head boy at Denver's Manual High School in 1935 and attended the University of Denver, where he earned a master of science degree and graduated from law school in 1941. He went into Naval Intelligence in World War II and was a plain-clothes investigator on the West Coast. Later, he was assigned to combat outfits and made assault landings on Leyte, Lingayen Gulf, Okinawa, and several other Philippine Islands. After the War, he moved to Craig, where he went into practice with Farrington Carpenter, prominent Northwest Colorado stockman and attorney in Craig, and Fred Videon in the law firm of Carpenter, Videon and Mosley.

Mosley was elected District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District in 1952, serving Moffat, Grand, and Routt counties. With the exception of one year during the Korean War when he served with the amphibious forces in the Atlantic, Mosley lived and practiced in Craig until 1963 when he moved to Denver to handle trial work for the firm of Tweedy and Mosley. At the time, Jack Tweedy was married to Penny Tweedy, whose family owned the racehorses, Secretariat and Riva Ridge.

Mosley practiced law in Denver until he was 80 years old. One of his prominent cases was as a court-appointed defense attorney for Delmar Dean Spooner, who was accused of killing two law officers and wounding two others in a chase across Colorado and Utah. Spooner was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Colorado State Penitentiary.

Mosley was active in Basset Hound Rescue. He and his wife of almost 40 years, Mary, fostered many homeless bassets during the years while homes were being found for them. Occasionally, they couldn't let one go to a different home. Such is the case with Sarah Basset, who became Jim's constant companion.

Whenever Jim Mosley decided to do something, he did it well. He was a master wood carver and craftsman. His family has many treasures from the wood-carving days. Then he became interested in wildlife photography. He produced wonderful pictures of the foxes on the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt. Two of his photographs adorned the cover of Colorado Lawyer, a monthly publication of the Colorado Bar Association.

In addition to his wife and faithful dog, Sarah, Mosley is survived by six children: Janet Quigley of Littleton; Margaret Drake of Glen Rose, Texas; Anne Hepp of Montrose; David Mosley of Boulder; Carol Taussig of Boulder; and Laird O'Rollins of Seattle, Wash.; and nine grandchildren: Tamera Smith, Guy and Simon Hepp, Spencer and Winston Mosley, Rebecca and Emily Taussig, and Cecilia and Ilsa O'Rollins.

Memorial services will be at noon Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at Olinger Crown Hill Chapel, W. 29th & Wadsworth, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

Interment will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery.

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