Born and reared in the South, Jim attended both high school and undergraduate studies in Georgia and then graduate school in California. After eighteen years as a real estate broker and residential builder, he began teaching courses at two colleges and a prominent real estate school in Atlanta based on books he had written on the two subjects. After moving to California in 1991, he taught English and history in the San Marino Unified School District and coached track and field and cross country where he rediscovered the joy of interacting with young adults. Jim moved to Colorado with his wife Terry in 1999. He loved the outdoors, hiking, writing , photography and poetry readings. He was also active in several art guilds.
Jim is survived by his wife, Terry, one daughter, Jaime and grandchildren Winter and Dashiell, and his brother, Robert.