James Alva ‘Jac’ Constant


James Alva “Jac” Constant passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at his beloved ranch, surrounded by family. He was 81 years old.
James was born May 17, 1936, in Albuquerque, N.M., to James and Eloise Constant. He grew up in Albuquerque and, at 17 years old, he moved to the Pagosa Springs, Colo., area. He married Leila Baker, whom he had known since his youth, on Nov. 21, 1953. The family moved back to Albuquerque and he worked as a lineman for a short time before being hired to Sandia National Laboratory. He retired from Sandia with 30 years of service. After retirement, he and Leila returned to Pagosa Springs and lived his retirement years as a rancher and cowboy — a dream of his.
He was an excellent musician and vocalist — specializing in the pedal steel guitar. He was an avid animal lover (and steward of the land). Of all his interests and accomplishments, his family was his greatest love and point of pride.
He is survived by his wife, Leila; sons: Jesse (Gina), Jack (Andrea), and Mitch (Jeanine); grandchildren: Jessanyum, Hollie, Tim, Tyler and Alicia; two great-granddaughters: Elena and Lucy; siblings: Judy (Bob) Boucher, Fran (Tom) Demaline and John (Kathie) Constant; and many extended family and wonderful friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m., at Hilltop Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.