Jim Yale, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother went to be with his Lord Jan. 21, 2021 in Plano, Texas. Jim was born Nov. 12, 1938 in Scottsbluff, Neb., but grew up in Gunnison, Colo., where he followed in the family CPA business after graduating from Western State College.
Jim was an avid football fan and could often be found sitting in the cold snowy weather at the bowl, watching the GHS Cowboys, or the WSC Mountaineers. It was a rare Sunday afternoon where you would not find him following his beloved Denver Broncos. In Texas, he was often found at the University of Texas (Dallas) rugby pitch watching his grandson play. He also loved golf and bowling and belonged to both men’s leagues. The funny straw hat he wore on the golf course affectionately earned him the title “the golfing cowboy.” He was a member of the Gunnison Lions club and enjoyed the philanthropic mission for the blind. He passionately participated in the annual broom and lightbulb sale and was known as the “cotton candy king” during Cattlemen’s Days where he relished making cotton candy for any takers.
In 1983 he left the family firm and became Treasurer of Silt, Colo., and then became Town Manager/Treasurer, where he loved serving as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver.
During his time in Silt, he discovered his talent for being Santa Claus. His gentle spirit and love of children, not to mention his bushy white beard, made him a perfect fit for the role. He put smiles on countless children’s faces and one policeman’s face as well who pulled him over one evening when he was in full regalia. The policeman, after realizing his mistake, sent Santa on his way without so much as a warning.
Jim was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and was humbled and delighted when he was recognized for his service and duty to the country that he loved. He was an avid outdoorsman where he hunted and fished
He is survived by his wife Margaret Ann Yale and son Scott (Rebecca) as well as his brothers Harold (Peggy) and Donald (Sandy) Yale. His grandchildren held such a special place in his heart, Samantha Pamela (Jeff) Newell and Caleb James Yale will miss him immensely. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Joyce Yale.
There will be no services at this time, but a celebration of Jim’s life will be held this summer in the beauty of the Colorado Rockies that he loved so much. In lieu of flowers please donate to The Gideons International (https:// www.gideons.org/dohate#).
Cards and letters can be sent to Margaret Yale, 2667 Orchid Drive, Richardson, TX 75082.