James W. Laybourne was born on September 1, 1953, in Santa Ana, California to Wilma Tyree and William G. Laybourne. Unfortunately, William passed away when Jim was only five years old. His mother later married Andy Clary, who raised Jim and his two younger brothers as his own.
Jim grew up in Fullerton, California where he attended elementary school. He graduated from Buena Park High School in 1972 and attended Fullerton Junior College , where he studied Industrial Arts. He spent his youth with his family camping, fishing, motorcycle riding and traveling the dragster and funny car circuit with his dad, Andy.
Jim met his wife, Sherry, while camping with his family and they were married in 1975. They have two children, Amy Miller of Buhl, Idaho and Jeff Laybourne of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Jim worked in the construction and paving trades with his dad and brothers. He was also an EMT and firefighter for El Dorado County Fire Dept. in California. In Idaho, Jim worked for the Twin Falls County Parks Dept. and for the Twin Falls County Solid Waste Dept. where he oversaw the operation of the Buhl Transfer Station.
Jim loved helping out family and friends whenever and wherever he could. He also loved spending time with his nine grandchildren. He also liked to do woodworking and photography. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent time on many local lakes and rivers. He was a man of many talents and will surely be missed by all that knew him.
James passed away on August 9, 2015, in Lewiston, Idaho after a two year battle with colon cancer. He was 61 years old.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sherry; his son, Jeff; his daughter, Amy; grandchildren, Brittani Janes, Ryan and Colin Miller, Calli, Carson, Chloe, Carly, Caylee and Colton Laybourne; brothers, Bill and Rick Laybourne and Randy Clary; father, Andy Clary and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandmother.
A graveside funeral service will be 3 p.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 at the West End Cemetery in Buhl. A viewing for friends and family will be 2 - 2:45 p.m. Friday at Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl