Deacon of 31 years dies

Denver Catholic Staff

Deacon Jack Sutton, a deacon of 31 years in the Archdiocese of Denver, passed away Oct. 17. He was 82 years old. He last ministered at St. Mary Catholic Church in Littleton.

Jack Sutton came into this world on March 6, 1936 to Cecil and Helen Sutton in Peoria, Ill.  As a convert to Catholicism, Sutton was confirmed at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Palo Alto, California on April 17, 1967.

On December 17, 1967, Sutton married Kathleen Braun at St. Xavier Catholic Church in San Francisco, Calif. Jack and Kathleen raised two sons, David and John.   His family also includes four grandchildren.

He spent three and a half years in the United States Air Force. Completing his obligation to his country, he took a position as a Sales Manager for Franklin Carpets in Denver.  After spending almost three years at Franklin, he was a manager and part owner of a startup company called Contract Design Services.  Then, in 1985, he started his own small business in Englewood, called Contract Interiors, that he successfully developed until he retired due to his health.

Deacon Sutton was ordained a deacon May 9, 1987 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop Francis Stafford and was assigned to All Souls Church for three years.  In his 31 years as a deacon, he had assignments at Blessed Sacrament, Holy Name, Sacred Heart, Christ the King and St. Mary’s parishes. He was also assigned to the Cathedral. Deacon Sutton was very active with additional ministerial assignments as well.

“Deacon Jack was concerned with doing the Lord’s work as a Servant of Jesus Christ,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel for the archdiocese. “Many deacons learned from him the characteristics of a deacon by his instructions and his example.  The people he has blessed with his life is beyond counting.  He will be missed by his brother deacons.”

COMING UP: Colorado Catholic bishops remember Columbine on 20th anniversary

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Colorado’s bishops have issued a joint statement recognizing the 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The full statement can be read below.

This week we remember the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School 20 years ago. In life there are days that will never be forgotten; seared in our minds and
on our hearts forever – for many of us in Colorado that day was April 20, 1999.

As we mark this solemn anniversary with prayer, remembrance and service let us not forget that there is still much work to be done. Violence in our homes, schools and cities is destroying the lives, dignity and hope of our brothers and sisters every day. Together, as people of good
will, we must confront this culture of violence with love, working to rebuild and support family life. We must commit ourselves to working together to encourage a culture of life and peace.

Nothing we do or say will bring back the lives and innocence that were lost 20 years ago. Let us take this moment to remember the gift of the lives of those we lost, and let us, as men and women of faith, take back our communities from the fear and evil that come from violence like we witnessed at Columbine. Our faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and values that
can bring peace, respect and dignity to our homes, hearts and communities.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Columbine community and all those affected by violence
in our communities.