CKA Loses a Lifetime Friend
Sensei Jim Soiland
4/29/1964 – 5/29/2011
Beloved husband, father, brother and Martial Artist, James Lee Soiland, of Littleton, Colorado, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Jim was born in 1964 in Guam. When Jim was 10 years old, his family settled in Colorado Springs where Jim graduated from William J. Palmer High School. Jim delighted in his childrens activities and he enjoyed motocross and various martial arts. Jim, along with his oldest son, joined The Peoples Kenpo Karate Association in 1996. Just 4 years later, both Jim and Jimmy earned their black belts. Over the past decade, Jim has worked with a very devoted group of Peoples Kenpo Karate students teaching the “Pit” conditioning classes and the Doce Pares system of Escrima. Jim is a proud and honored Hall of Fame Member of the Colorado Karate Association, an organization which he volunteered countless hours to. Jim is survived by his wife Kandace, children James Vincent and Erik Michael, sisters Elizabeth Donovan (Scott) and Michele Parker (Mark) both of Colorado Springs, his loving stepfather Richard ‘Bud’ Beck of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and many nephews and nieces along with other family members. Please join us for a Celebration of Life Service from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Terrace Gardens at Dove Valley, 13065 East Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, Colorado 80112. Jim was a very generous man and he loved Christmas shopping for the Adopt A Family organization every year. Jim would always say, ‘Every child should have a gift to open on Christmas Day.’ In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Merrick & Company in reference to Adopt a Family to fund this worthy cause. Donations may also be made to The Childrens Hospital Foundation.
Letter from the President:
It is with a heavy heart I have to tell you all that, sadly, this past Sunday, the CKA lost one of its own. Jim Soiland Sr. passed away, and will be sorely missed by us all. Jim was not just a great martial artist, but a great man. He gave so much to the arts and to the CKA. Hall of Fame Member, Board Member, Webmaster, the list goes on and on. Jim was responsible for bringing the CKA into the computer age with the web site and the CKA database. He gave unselfishly of his time and energy. I would like all of you to please keep Jim and his family in your hearts and thoughts during this difficult time. Memorial donations can be made during the tournament at the CKA booth.
Colorado Karate Association
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