Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1964 and moved to Las Vegas with his mom Patricia and sister Diane when he was 4 years old. He considered himself a native Nevadan.
He grew up in Las Vegas, where he made lifelong friends Bobby Winteroff, Logan Triplett and Suzie Marino.
He married his first wife Maria and had three children Tony, Erik and Renee.
He married Cindy Beller in 2004 and helped raise his two step-children Crystine and Chad for the past 16 years. He was a proud member of AA and helped many people during his journey. He was a loyal partner and friend and loved his family.
He worked at UNLV in various departments and retired with 30 years of service. He made many long lasting friends with the people he worked with and often spoke fondly of them.
He was an avid Braves and Vikings fan but would never watch the games as he felt he would jinx them. He also became a Denver Broncos fan as he was outnumbered by the Beller clan.
Jim will be remembered for his odd sense of humor (you either got him or you didn't) and his passion for Space and Politics. He is greatly missed and is still loved by all!