Jim Rhodes passed away on September 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
Jim grew up in Amarillo, Texas. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps
, he received both an undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Texas
, and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1967.
After completing the Texas bar exam, he moved to pursue a great adventure in Alaska, arriving in Anchorage in 1967. As an assistant attorney general for the State of Alaska, he represented Alaska in a number of important cases before State and Federal Courts including a dispute with the U.S. government over ownership of land rights beneath Tustumena Lake.
In 1971, Jim was one of the founding partners of the law firm, Hartig Rhodes LLC. He was a successful litigator who tried many complex and interesting cases before he retired in 1992. He was also an accomplished cartoonist and many of his illustrations were published, including some in the Alaska Bar Rag. He was fiercely loyal to his clients and a wonderful mentor to those in his firm. He was known to give his friendship generously and without condition.
After retirement, he moved to his small ranch at Dripping Springs Texas where he wrote two novels and enjoyed reading, gardening, music, old movies, and making model planes.
Most of all, Jim liked being around family and friends. He admired the beauty of nature and was a great storyteller from his many adventures.
Jim is survived by his two daughters, Anne Lazenby; grandsons, Sage Lazenby and Michael Lazenby; Emily Johnson, and her husband Steve; grandson, Steven Johnson.
Other family members who enjoyed Jim during his lifetime include his sister, Connie Johnson. Nephews, Chris Johnson; Donnie Johnson; and David Smith. Nieces, Nancy Garcia; Elizabeth Cooksey; and Michelle Bean Neffendorf. Jim maintained contact with many friends including John Norman of Anchorage; Granville Bennett; Wayne Ford; and Phil Bullock.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Remembrance Gardens in Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be made to charities for veterans or a