James ‘Casey’ McGinnis, of Breckenridge, dies | SummitDaily.com

James ‘Casey’ McGinnis, of Breckenridge, dies

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Special to the DailyJames 'Casey' McGinnis

James “Casey” McGinnis passed away peacefully on the night of Jan. 29 in his hometown of Breckenridge.

He was there living with life-long mentor and friend Reid Larch, and also preparing himself for his next life challenge of devoting the next three years of his life to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

However, McGinnis was unable to fulfill his future dreams, as his life was taken from him early, at the young age of 34.

McGinnis was born on Dec. 8, 1974 in Waco, Texas, to Linda White but shortly afterward moved to Breckenridge, where he spent his childhood and teenage years with stepfather Andrew Ward.

McGinnis is survived in life by grandmother Vivian Collins; mother Linda White; stepfather Andrew Ward; sister Tracy Jaramillo; brother-in-law Luis Jaramillo and two beautiful young nieces and two nonfamilial brothers, Quinn Whitten and Seth Gates. He was proceeded in death by childhood friends, Jason Butler and Mikey Meirick.

McGinnis shared his love and joy for life with all he touched. He was an extremely talented artisan, a hard-working master craftsman, a true outdoorsman and, most of all, a true friend that you only find once in a lifetime. Thanks to that McGinnis has left a legacy that will be carried on for generations to come.

A celebration in memory of McGinnis’ life will be held at 2 p.m. today at 11 Crystal Circle in Carbondale. Everyone who knew McGinnis is welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please contact Quinn Whitten at (970) 274-0987 to arrange donations for the family.

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