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James Sais


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Sais, James R. (Jim)



James R. Sais (Jim) passed from this life to eternal rest with his Heavenly Father on May 22, 2017. He was born in Los Lentes, NM to Silverio and Ernestine Sichler Sais in 1937. He had the fortune of growing up on the family farm. He graduated from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of Maryland.

Jim served as Agricultural Extension Agent on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and 4-H Agent in Rio Arriba County in Northern New Mexico. Jim served as 4-H Agent in Bernalillo County and became the County Extension Agent in Bernalillo County in 1971. Later he became the State Horticulture Specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service of NMSU. Jim made numerous radio and TV programs during his tenure with NMSU. Jim wrote a popular weekly garden column for the Albuquerque Journal entitled "Yard and Garden" for 13 years. As Horticultural Specialist, Jim traveled throughout New Mexico conducting educational programs on gardening. Jim authored numerous publications and produced many video programs on gardening in New Mexico. Jim started the Bernalillo County Master Gardener Program and Master Gardener Programs throughout New Mexico. He also was responsible for the first Farmers Market in Bernalillo County. He retired in 1992 as Department Head and full Professor. After retiring, Mr. Sais was a Horticultural Consultant and directed his energy to the community in numerous volunteer and board positions.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Silverio and Ernestine Sais; and his brother, John Ernest Sais. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Susan Sais; and his children, Kimberly Sais of Washington, D.C., Todd Sais of Los Lunas, NM, John and Danielle (Aagaard) Sais of Albuquerque, NM; and five grandchildren, Jaclyn Serru, Evan Sais, Jace Sais, Madeline Aagaard Sais, Ryan Elizabeth Aagaard Sais of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his devoted sisters, Kathy Luna of Los Lunas, NM and Mary Lou Tarleton of Taos, NM as well as numerous extended family members.

Services will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria Rd. NE in Albuquerque. Interment will take place on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Jim at

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from May 27 to May 28, 2017
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