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May 10, 2015
I have just learned that Jim passed away ... Im so sorry. On the other hand Im so very happy and thankful that I had visited him in October 2013, the first time for about 12 years. We talked and laughed, went to Yosemite, really enjoyed the time together. Jim once again made his fantastic fried chicken ... he knew that I loved it ever since Ive met him. I have been one of his exchange students, staying with Jim in 1997-98. He was such great person, always caring more about others rather then himself. Many years later I did understand his words "they come as boys but they leave as men" - in relation to his exchange students. But it was the truth. We all grew up during our stay with Jim. He introduced us foreign people to not only the American way of life, but also to lifestock - his big passion. We all became temporary members of his family, joined St. Anthonys 4-H, participated in lifestock shows, got to know his friends. I cant believe that he is now gone. Jim, you always supported me - thank you so very much for that. I will never forget you and the time we spent together.
August 30, 2014
Oh jimmy,you will be missed ,my sister Mindy told me about Jim's passing ,what a friend from our childhood ,what a spark of life . My heart sunk when I heard the news , even tho I haven't lived in Merced in over 40 some years ,our deepest sympathy to the Simms family. The Geyers from around the corner
August 29, 2014
Heard about Jim's passing from Alan Arnold. I remember Jim being the life of the party. He was a popular brother during my school days at Fresno and set a great example on how to be a friend. Sadly, I hadn't seen him since our graduation in 1977. My condolences to the Simms family.
August 24, 2014
I met Jim in college at Fresno State, and was a RhoMate for the AGR house. Him was one if the funniest people I've ever known he got me a fake papered Irish setter, and taught me how to honkytonk. We drank creekwater, and danced til midnight and smoked Benson and Hedges Menthols in "the square". We spent the night delivering sheep at the sheep barn, with Boston's "Long Time" playing in the background. He was a little bit my hero, and I'm very sorry for the loss to many friends and family.

I have a million fond memories of Jim. What a great guy.
August 23, 2014
"Jim was a crazy fun loving person". I will never for get the wonderful person he was . You will be missed


Gwen Ashlock Bessemer
August 22, 2014
We met Jim 9 years ago after answering an ad for guardian dogs. We visited him at his home where we left there with not one but 2 Great Pyrenees puppies and a new friend in Jim. We once again visited Jim after receiving a phone call that he again had puppies 9 weeks ago. Well with Jims charm and darling puppies we are now running after 2 very energetic Anatolian Shepherd puppies. We are saddened that we all have lost a gentle soul. The community is better because of his presence. We love and miss you Jim.
August 20, 2014
Loved him dearly.
The world was a better place with Jim in it.
Sending much love to you David.
Roxanne Reinero
August 20, 2014
As a good shepherd, he will missed by many. I will treasure my memories of Jim.
August 19, 2014
Jim: what can I say about you? So many greatful memories I have... First, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! Thank you for having been so generous to foreigners wanting the experience of living abroad. I was one of them. In fact I was his first long term exchange student. He hosted me for the period of one year, from 1995 until 1996. For many years, I thought I had realized my childhood dream of living in the U.S.A. in order to learn English, and Jim had made this possible. After, I found out how important were he and my stay there, at his home and surrounded by his family and friends, to my personal and professional foundations. I can affirm I have grown up into an adult over there. I have also had the oportunity to learn how to appreciate countryside life (I am from a big city in Brazil, São Paulo), which I much enjoyed at the fairs, showing lambs, even earned a showmanship award. Back home, I have graduated in Law, become a lawyer, and, most recently, concluded a Doctorate Program in Law. In addition, I have become a Professor. One of the courses I teach is Legal English. Part of this is certainly due to the generosity of Jim, my host father, who will always be in my heart. Even though we were not able to see each other once again in this life, you were, are and will always be part of my life. May you rest in peace and next to the beloved ones. RIP, Jim.
August 19, 2014
What a great friend Jim was and I don't think anybody has ever made me laugh as much as he did. I am lucky to have had such a great friend. My deepest sympathy to your family.

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