80, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2019 at Providence Hospital, in Anchorage, AK.
James was born August 17, 1938 in Taft, California with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Taft High School in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1957, and was released do to military reduction in strength with an Honorable discharged in 1963. He went to work for Schlumberger an oil service company in CA. He transferred to Alaska in the winter of 1966, and when he walked off the plane he immediately wanted to get back on the plane because of the extreme cold temperature. In the late fall he met the love of his life Marlene, and courted her for five months when he proposed, and have been married 49 glorious years. James worked numerous positions within the Schlumberger organization, and developed many friendships before retiring in 1994. He was a dedicated husband, father, mentor, and friend to many. Jim was a devoted Christian and enjoyed his Faith Bible Fellowship Family. He enjoyed spending his retirement fishing, and traveling. He cherished spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene, his stepsons, Robert, Thomas (deceased), his daughter Cheryl and son Daniel. Also, his grandchildren, Teagan, Kaylea, Kenny, Alyssa, Kristan, Nikolai and Andre. Jim has one surviving brother, Charles Tays.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Bob, Tom, Shirley, and George.
Services were held August 10, 2019, at Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake, AK at 3:30 p.m.