JIM "JB" AUSTIN
OCT 21, 1917 - JAN 17, 2013
Jim passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the age of 95.
He was born in Gravette, Arkansas to Judge B and Margaret Austin, and was the only son of seven children. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to the Salinas Valley where he lived until he graduated from high school. After leaving home, he joined the early day rodeo circuit and in between, cowboyed on numerous ranches throughout the U.S. Jim was a member of the Cowboys Turtle Association. The ranches he spoke of most often were the UC/Winecup Ranch and the YP/Petan Ranch, both in the north eastern portion of Nevada. He also worked for the U-3 Ranch in Oakdale. Jim was drafted into the Army during WWII, serving from 1943-1946. On his military papers his civilian occupation was listed as "cow puncher." After the military, Jim married and continued to move from ranch to ranch. In 2003, he moved from Texas to his daughter and son-in-laws' ranch in Hickman, Ca., where he remained until his death. Jim is survived by his two daughters, Linda (Les) Weidman of Hickman, Sharee Austin of Ione and a sister, Anita Dinning of Santa Clara. Jim was preceded in death by his son Roger Austin and his sisters, Maxine, Lucille, Doris and Olga.
There will be a celebration of life scheduled for this spring. Remembrances can be made to the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center, P.O. Box 298, Hughson, Ca. 95326
Published in the Modesto Bee from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2013