James E. "Jim" Salyer was born April 21, 1945 in Richmond, Indiana. He passed away January 13, 2011, at the age of 65. Jim moved to Tulare, California in 1947 where he attended school and graduated from Tulare Western High School in 1962. In 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969. He then attended College of the Sequoias and eventually returned to Vietnam and worked as a civilian contractor for two years. While living there, he met and married his now deceased wife, Thanh. In 1971, he returned to the United States and bought Valley Aluminum Products, which he owned and operated with his father. In 1992, he married his wife, Heidi, whom he loved very much. Jim loved playing the game of golf (he was a scratch handicap golfer at the age of 18). He won the Valley High School golf championship in 1961 and won the Tulare Golf Club championship twice. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He owned and loved classic cars, was a Tea Party Patriot, loved his country, freedom, and liberty more than his own life. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Heidi Salyer of Tulare; three children, Jimmy Salyer, Larry Joseph Salyer and Vanessa Salyer, all of Tulare; his brother, Ted Salyer of Tulare; his sister, Sonny Kunce of Oakhurst; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Salyer. Visitation will be 12-8 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2011 also at the funeral chapel with burial following at Tulare District Cemetery.
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Published in Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 18, 2011