James Leonard Tweten
1951 - 2020
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James Leonard Tweten

Jim, often known affectionately as "Jimmy Joe", born on June 7th, 1951, unexpectedly passed away on November 3, 2020. He is survived by his father, Leonard Tweten, stepmother Rebecca, daughter Andrea Ford, granddaughter Madison, his loving partner, Renee Carter and her children Nathan & Ava, sisters Janet Houston (Jim) and Nancy Crowe (Terry). He leaves behind his nieces Lauren & Kristi Houston and Kelley Crowe as well as many relatives and friends. Preceding him in death was his mother, Eileen, brother Scott and son, Jamie Tweten. Jim and family grew up in Edmonds, Wa. where he graduated from Edmonds High School. He attended the University of Washington, majoring in business. After a year as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado, Jim returned to Seattle in 1972 and became very involved in the family business, Magnolia Hi Fi & Video, which his father started in 1954. He began working in the second Magnolia store in the Roosevelt district warehouse, delivering and installing stereo systems and selling hi-fi gear. Jim brought insight and enthusiasm into the music and electronics youth culture. He immediately found his passion, enjoying seeing people's eyes light up when he introduced new cutting edge products. The switch to stereo proved to be great timing, coming at the dawn of the 1970's home stereo revolution.Together, father and son pioneered the home theater concept where they were known throughout the industry. They expanded to18 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest and in 2000 Magnolia was purchased by Best Buy.

In 1992, the elder Tweten handed off active day to day operations to son Jim, who became president and CEO. Magnolia Audio Video went on to become the most award winning electronic entertainment retailer in the nation and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Jim loved life! From the time Jim was a little boy and throughout his life, he had a zest for living and loved having a good time. He was an outstanding natural athlete who excelled in skiing and golf. Jim was an active member of the Bel Air Country Club, the Madison Club and Bighorn Golf Club. He and his then wife, Ilsa and their children enjoyed many years at their homes in Palm Desert, Seattle, Sun Valley and Aspen. Known for his tremendous charisma, Jim would light up a room with his smile and hearty laugh. He was endearing to the people who knew him, always giving more than he took, making people feel good when you were around him. As his good friends say, "Jim was a generous and caring soul. A good friend."

We're going to miss you, Jimmy Joe. The world is a better place because you were here. Private services will be held in his memory at a later date.

An online guestbook can be found on Legacy.com.




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Published in The Desert Sun from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
I met Jim when I was about 13 years old through our Dads. We dated in High School and married in 1972. We were married for 43 1/2 years and built a wonderful life together, had 2 beautiful children, Andrea and Jamie. We had so many memories and traditions as well. Not a day goes by that I don't think about those memories. He was loving, kind, generous and always so positive and happy. It's difficult to find the right words, may you Rest in Peace Jim...............................
Ilsa Tweten
Family
November 20, 2020
Jim was a wonderful man. He and his family were very giving to their employees and their families. It was a pleasure to have known him.
Michael Eagle
Coworker
November 16, 2020
Jim and Renee came into a restaurant I managed in San Juan Capistrano weekly. Sometimes he would stop in for food to go, or he and Renee would come in together. It was always a complete pleasure to see both of them. They were so happy and always bragged of their kids. Complete down to earth people. Always fun to see them.
Jim will be missed terribly. My condolences to all of his family and friends.
Randy Boone
Acquaintance
November 14, 2020
My heart weeps once again with the Tweten’s and this sad news. I carry with me so many wonderful and fun memories from our younger years with Jim and Ilsa. Jim’s smile was infectious, and he will be sorely missed by so many. Hoping you will find inner peace and comfort as soon as humanly possible.
Mimi Walker
Friend
November 12, 2020
I did business with Jim for many years. Had some great times, on and off the clock. Tough but fair in a difficult business. Ours was his lowest margin line, Sony , but a name he had to have. Sorry to hear that his life was cut short. Best to the family, Barry Treyve
Barry Treyve
Coworker
November 11, 2020
I'm so sad to hear the Jim Tweten passed! He was a super happy, kind, positive person!
Highly dynamic in his ability to engage people his expertise in operating Magnolia Highfi and Video.
He was a wonderful father and brother too!
My heart goes out to the family and my prayers are with you.
Much Love, Sally Thompson
Sally Thompson
Friend
November 11, 2020
Rest In Peace Jim ❤Prayers for the family specially to my grade school best friend Janet and her family.You were like a big a big brother you and Elsa were a beautiful couple.
Eugenia Michel
Friend
November 11, 2020
Rest In Peace Jim ❤Prayers for the family specially to my grade school best friend Janet and her family.
Eugenia Michel
Friend
November 9, 2020
I would be honored to be called Jim's friend even though most of our interactions together came for his automotive needs. Jim had a passion for luxury and the best and surely loved his Bentley's.
I met Jim, Ilsa and his father Len in the early 2000's at Bighorn Golf Club and right away knew we would have a fun relationship lasting many years. Over the years we shared common experiences of really good times and not so good times but Jim always had a plan to get where he wanted to be. In recent times I would get an ear to ear grin whenever I saw Jim and Renee pull up to either tell me the latest joke or just stop in to see how I was doing. Its kinda funny they always seemed to know when I needed a pick me up hug!
I will miss you my friend, your smile was as contagious as it gets. Please say hello to Jamie, I will look you up later..... RIP
Chris Comet
Friend
November 9, 2020
James was a wonderful man. I only knew him through my job where he would come and eat and always be so gracious with all of the staff. Him and Renee were a staple at Tannins and always cared and wanted to know about are lives and our families. The greatest people ever. We will miss James so much. We love you James
Jessica Baker
Friend
November 7, 2020
I didn't know Jim, but I know both his beautiful daughter Andrea and granddaughter Madison. From the stories they've shared about him, He had to be a very special, and kind human, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and knowing Andrea and Madison, I know Jim had to be wonderful! Rest in Power sir, and may you have eternal peace. You are loved.
Kimberly Stuart - Tripp
Friend
November 7, 2020
His smile infectious! His love for Renee and the kids was pure magic. I’m absolutely devastated by this news. If you ever met Jimmy you know he loved big. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family as I know too how awful this is. May we all love like Jimmy.
Kimberly Paepke
Friend
November 7, 2020
It was a good ride with you at Magnolia Hi Fi ... Your were a great person
George Rybolt
Coworker
November 7, 2020
Jimmy Joe our lives will
miss you in them. My favorite cousin
always put a big smile on
my face, kind caring and so much fun to be with. We had golf as a shared passion and enjoyed playing together many times, always laughing and enjoying our time together there’s a bruise on
my heart with this sad news that will be slow in healing and i’ll
take you on course with me alway. Rest easy Jimmy I look forward to teeing it up with you in heaven when the time comes.
Tim Tweten
Family
November 6, 2020
Len and Rebecca and family, I'm heartsick about your loss. I'm better for having know Jim and enjoyed him very much in the time I sent with him.
May he rest in peace.
Eric Broomfield
Friend
November 6, 2020
Just devastated. May he Rest In Peace! One of a kind for sure....much love to the family. Danielle Scardino
Danielle Scardino
Friend
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