Jim was a friend and mentor. We first met him in Prospecting School years ago and he truly did inspire us. He was such a breath of fresh air because he walked into that class with dirt under his nails, rocks in his pockets, a backpack of chisels and hammers and told it like it is. He was always willing to share his passion and expertise. Down to earth and honest. We looked forward to seeing him every Spring at our rockhound club's show, where he manned a table and often had one or both of his sons with him. I still have a little piece of watermelon tourmaline that he and Chris gave me.... "just because". He had a good soul and we will miss him greatly. Love and condolences to all who loved him.