1945 - 2016
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Jim passed away on November 7, 2016 in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was a beloved father, brother, spouse, grandfather, friend and proud Vietnam era veteran (US Army). Jim was born in Washington, Iowa, Dec 22, 1945. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam era from 1966 to 1968.

After his service in the Army, he exercised his GI Bill benefit to attend technical college and obtained a position as a Field Support Engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Jim spent the next 31 years with DEC, elevating himself to the position of Principal Software Engineer.
Jim was highly respected and admired by his colleagues; Jim was the "engineer's engineer", whose wisdom and common sense understanding of the technology was sought out for council on the most complex diagnostic challenges. In spite of his recognition for senior level expertise, he was always there to support and champion the less experienced interns just joining the field.
Jim became a supportive father figure and sponsor for young people who needed a second chance at life, and a shoulder to lean on. Jim was that person who would help anyone in need, and believed in the goodness of the human spirit.
In his heart he was just an "Iowa Farm Boy"; the sweet taste of new corn on the cob with home churned butter, the smell of fresh pine in the Colorado Rockies, the miracle of a new born baby, the respect of all wild creatures, the appreciation of each sunrise, the innate reward of a good day's work, faith in the creator of our planet, and a profound love of his family were all parts of the man we knew and loved. Jim will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by everyone he touched.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton Webster Nicholson, and Martha (Patterson) Nicholson.
He is survived by his son, Christopher James Nicholson of Colorado; two grandsons, Ian and Ryder Nicholson; sister, Sarah Nicholson; two brothers Larry and Mike Nicholson; his life partner, Zoe Anne Lengyel; her son James Lengyel, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be sent to help his fellow veterans via the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) foundation @ DAV.org.

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Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Nov. 20 to Nov. 27, 2016.