Jim, born in Zeeland, Mich., attended secondary school in Grand Rapids; and in 1967 earned a bachelor?s degree in political science from Michigan State University
. Soon thereafter, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Mary Parsaca; and in 1968 together they joined the Peace Corps and served as secondary school teachers in Tara?nganya, Kenya.
Upon their return in 1971, the couple moved to Los Alamos where Jim founded the Middle Earth Youth Center. From 1972 through 1980 Jim served as Director of Jemez House Children?s Ranch in Alcalde; and, in the following years until his retirement in 2010, held various counseling and teaching positions.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Evelyn Nienhuis Beverwyk; brother John Beverwyk; and parents-in-law Peter and Helen Parsaca.
Jim is survived by his partner of 45 years Mary Parsaca; daughter Tana Beverwyk-Abouda and husband Mustafa Kamel Abouda; their sons Malik and Elias, of Nambe; brother Robert Beverwyk and wife Carole of West Bloomfield, MI; beloved nieces Jessica Ricardo of New Orleans and Mara E. Beverwyk of West Bloomfield, Mich.; adopted sons Tony Padilla of Petiluma, Calif., and Jimmy Leal and wife Loretta Garcia of Espanola; and sisters: Larke Beverwyk of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jackie Lyttle, of Grand Haven, Mich.
Jim?s large extended family, including sisters and brothers-in-law, close friends, Lyden neighbors, work associates, and friendly bowling companions are also remembered with affection.
Jim was known as an accepting friend, a helpmate, a community activist, a supporter of the needy, an outdoorsman with a deep affinity to the land, the mountains, and the animals that surrounded him at his beloved home in Lyden.
A celebration of Jim?s life will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the Alcalde Community Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Jim?s name be sent to the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, 216 S.R. 399, Espanola, NM 87532, the Espanola Teen Center, 1450 Iris St., Los Alamos, NM 87544 or online at laymca.org
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