James “OJ” Alvarado was born May 1, 1986, to Ignacio “Nacho” Alvarado and Lori “Kitty” (Snyder) Alvarado in Greeley.
OJ left earth to be with our heavenly Father and earned his angel wings June 1 in Mission Viejo, Calif.
OJ was born and raised in Greeley, graduating from Greeley Central in 2004, where he lettered in football, wrestling, baseball and track and field. In November 2007, OJ enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from boot camp in February 2008, he joined 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (2/1) Weapons Company at Camp Pendleton in California.
He married his soul mate and beautiful wife, Traci Schleiger, of Loveland on Jan. 17, 2009. The couple welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Codi, into the world on September 2009.
OJ continued his career with the Marines, which included two overseas combat tours — his first to Iraq in 2009 and the second to Afghanistan in 2011.
Up until the time of his passing, OJ was a seargent with The School of Infantry (SOI) West MCT Battalion as a combat instructor.
OJ enjoyed many things in life, but first and foremost was his family. He enjoyed riding his Harleys, grilling, camping and hunting.
OJ is survived by his wife Traci; daughter, Codi and unborn son, Abel; his parents, Ignacio “Nacho” Alvarado and Lori “Kitty” Alvarado (fiancé Cody Vasquez); grandparents, Ramon and Lupe Alvarado, all of Greeley; grandmother, Lovena (Richard) Young of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Justine (Troy) Tucker; nephew, Kaden and unborn niece, Kearsten, all of Kersey; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Herbert Smith; great-grandmothers, Lupe Pisaña and Valeria Alvarado; and his best friend, Cody Fisher.
Visitation was held June 11 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Greeley and Recitation of the Rosary was held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 12 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens after a celebration of life was held at the American Legion Post in Windsor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Traci Alvarado for Codi and Abel in care of Allnutt Funeral Service. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.