James Michael Haisler
1960 - 2021
Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors - Denton
2025 West University
Denton, TX
James Michael (Jim) Haisler

Jim Haisler, a Denton, Texas native, artist and photographer, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on September 16th at the age of 61.

Jim was born on March 7, 1960, the second child to J.B. and Shirley Haisler of Sanger. Growing up, he enjoyed hiking, camping, exploring anything in the outdoors, and was often found collecting reptiles, insects, rocks, and fossils. He was an Eagle Scout, backpacking in Philmont, NM, and later in the Rocky Mountains and Tetons. His goal was to land a position as staff photographer for the National Geographic. He was a hard worker on his parent's farm, hauling hay and helping build their home in the 1970's. Although he became quadriplegic following an accident during the summer of 1980, in his own words "it was important to prove to himself that he could still maintain an active lifestyle." Four years later, he graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Fine Arts and Photography and was also skilled in sculpture and painting. He has exhibited his works in prestigious galleries and museums from Washington State to Washington D.C., as well as Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, and the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.

He had a strong love of music, good concerts and frequented many Denton music venues. He managed to travel extensively, everywhere from Europe to Central America and Mexico and even made it to Machu Pichu, Peru. Along the way, he took beautiful photos, made close friends, and once went skydiving.

In later years, Jim developed an interest in numismatics. He continued to prize time spent with his family, making it to family reunions around the country, even as his health challenges worsened. He was proud of all his nieces and nephews and found joy in following their adventures, photos, and making it to their key life events. They all loved hearing the wild stories that he would share in his own meandering way.

Jim is survived by his parents, J.B. and Shirley Haisler; his sisters, Jeanne LeVelle (Jim), Julie Knight (Bruce), and Jacque Jones (Scott); ten nieces and nephews; and four great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Johnny Haisler, his grandparents Joe and Rose Haisler, and Henry and Vivian and Pearl Trietsch.

Visitation will be September 21, 2021 at 6-8PM at DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton. Funeral will be held September 22, 2021 at 11AM at Blue Mound UMC, Denton.

Published by Denton Record-Chronicle from Sep. 18 to Sep. 19, 2021.
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Eduardo´s family ,, his mother Flor, brothers and sister from Caracas Venezuela send our prayers and Condolence for the loss of Jim. Eduardo´s dearest friend. We are with you by heart and throug a Mass send our prayers for his soul. May him Rest In Peace. Flor Rengel and family
Eduardo´s family
September 27, 2021
Dearest J.B. and Shirley Haisler and family,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Jim. We were saddened to hear of his passing. May God bring you and your family peace and comfort.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Rey, Liselle and Ryan Trevino
Liselle Trevino
September 21, 2021
Dear Haisler family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time, and our hearts go out to you. Jim was such a special person and friend, and we still remember and appreciate him taking our engagement photos 31 years ago--he had a positive impact on so many. May God grant you peace and comfort through your memories of special times shared with Jim.
Darrell & Teresa Keese
September 21, 2021
Dear Haisler family,

My thoughts, prayers and condolences to your family and friends. Jim was a great person and friend and I will always cherish his memory. Please find comfort in knowing that Jim is now at complete peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Israel Maskill and Family
September 21, 2021
The Herders
September 21, 2021
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones
September 20, 2021
J.B. and Shirley, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult
Emmitt and Carol Smith
September 20, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers for all the family.
Danny & Sandra Schertz
September 19, 2021
My heart goes out to you all with the loss of Jim. Praying for your peace and comfort.
Vanessa Albrecht
September 19, 2021
We are sorry for your loss.
Millard and Nancy Smith
September 19, 2021
Praying for all RIP
Cecily David
September 18, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Bill DeBerry, Jr. & Andrew DeBerry
September 18, 2021
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