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1940 James 2020

James Anthony Buren

July 12, 1940 — August 20, 2020

James Anthony Buren, AKA Jim (also known as Jimmy the Jew earned his angel wings on Thursday, August 20, 2020. He was a resident of The Heritage Senior Living Home in Preston. He was a giant of a man who loved everybody he met! He passed peacefully with his dear wife by his side.

Jim was born in Willows, California, to Lawrence Edward Varner and Rachel Mabel Daniels on July 12, 1940.

Jim married his first wife, Sandra, in Willows, California, and this union produced 2 sons, Mark Buren (deceased) and Shawn Buren, both from Willows, California. This marriage ended in Divorce.

Jim then married the love of his life, Patricia R McKay. AKA The Tiger. He named her that because of her flaming red hair, spunky nature, and boisterous attitude. Jim married Pat on his birthday, so he'd never forget their anniversary because he knew if he should forget Pat would certainly hold it against him. They spent 23 fun-filled years together.

Jim was a Cable Technician for Pirelli in Colusa, CA. For 23 years. Jim was a hard worker and loved his job. He would say that in 23 years, he only called in sick once, and that was when one of his sons was born. Jim retired at 55 because of medical problems and enjoyed 25 years of retirement with his Patsy.

Jim loved the Lord and was spiritually fed by The Seventh-Adventist Church.

Jim's many hobbies included collecting stamps from around the world. He had them cataloged in many albums.

Other hobbies included the love of collecting coins, and he loved to talk and share his knowledge of these treasures. But nothing filled his heart more than the love of working in the yard and tending his garden. He loved to share his annual harvest with All his neighbors in Nampa, ID.

Jim also enjoyed the art of storytelling and was always anxious to share a story or two if you had the time.

Jim leaves behind a son, Shawn Buren of Willows, Ca. A daughter, Jerri (Dennis) Preston, ID; Son, Gene (Marlene) Snyder of Middleton, ID. Sister Arlene Swinhart of Apache Junction, AZ. A Nephew Ted McNally (Patricia) Apache Junction Az. Granddaughter Kelli (Drew MimMack of Vancouver, WA. Granddaughter Traci (Joe) Tehee-Peterson of Portland, OR. Several great-grandchildren and great-nephews, and nieces,

Jim's last wishes were for him to be cremated and placed in Nampa, Idaho. A graveside service with the family will take place at a later time once his beautiful Pat joins him in heaven. So they can celebrate together.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Franklin County Funeral Home, Preston, Idaho. Please share a favorite memory or offer condolences to the family by leaving a tribute on this page.

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