James J. May obituary photo
 
In Memory of

James J. May

December 16, 1925 - June 11, 2017

Obituary


James (Jim) J. May ~ December 16, 1925 to June 11, 2017

James (Jim) J. May passed away June 11, 2017 at the age of 91 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Jim was born December 16, 1925 in American Falls, Idaho to J. Alfred and Naomi (Tolman) May.

Jim is survived by Bobbie, his wife of 71 years, his three children, Monte (L. Michael) Barney, J. Dee (Janet) May and Shawno (Carol) May. Jim is also survived by he and Bobbie's 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Jim was preceded...

James (Jim) J. May ~ December 16, 1925 to June 11, 2017

James (Jim) J. May passed away June 11, 2017 at the age of 91 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Jim was born December 16, 1925 in American Falls, Idaho to J. Alfred and Naomi (Tolman) May.

Jim is survived by Bobbie, his wife of 71 years, his three children, Monte (L. Michael) Barney, J. Dee (Janet) May and Shawno (Carol) May. Jim is also survived by he and Bobbie's 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers (Howard and Max), two sisters (Nadene and Beverly Jean) and one grandson (Garet Barney).

Jim married Barbara (Bobbie) Egbert on October 21, 1945 and from that day forward Jim was rarely called by his formal name; Bobbie lovingly referred to him as "Honey Doll" and he was known to his grandchildren as "De Dad". Jim and Bobbie attended the University of Idaho where Jim received his Bachelors of Arts Degree followed by three years of law school. Jim graduated from law school about the same time his father, J. Alfred May, obtained his law degree from Gonzaga University. Jim and J. Alfred opened the law firm of May & May Law Offices in 1951 in Twin Falls and that law firm is still in existence being operated by a third and fourth generation of lawyers.

Jim's law career was nothing short of spectacular. During his early career, he served as Prosecuting Attorney of Twin Falls County followed by private practice for more than 20 years where he excelled as a prominent trial attorney. After private practice Jim served as the District Judge in the Fifth Judicial District chambered in Blaine County until he retired at the age of 78. After Jim's retirement as District Judge, he and Bobbie moved back to Twin Falls where they were tenderly cared for by their daughter and son in law, Monte and Michael, until Jim's passing a few days ago.

Service to others was something that guided Jim's choices throughout his life. While managing his busy judicial career, Jim found time to serve as President of many civil, legal and religious organizations including the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club, Idaho Bar Association, Western Trial Lawyers and was the founding President of the Idaho Trial Lawyers to name just a few.

While Jim's career in both the Civil and Legal arenas was important to him, the role in life that he cherished most of all was that of being a good husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family and was always so proud of them; so proud that he would tell everyone who would listen about each one and what they were doing. Whether serving as a Judge or as a Dad, Jim seemed to have that innate ability to be just and fair.

Jim loved to work and loved the outdoors. He especially enjoyed working on his small farm in Bellevue with his children and grandchildren. He liked to hunt with his family and his friend, George Haney and especially liked to ride his horse "Otis" with his grandchildren.

Jim loved his country and was forever a patriot. As World War II was being waged, Jim enlisted in the Navy and was stationed to preflight training to become a Naval Aviation Pilot. His training was almost finished when the War ended and he returned to the University of Idaho. Throughout his life, he would always shed a tear of pride when the Flag of the United States was displayed.

Jim especially loved his Heavenly Father and his Savior Jesus Christ. He was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served in various callings including the time he spent as the Bishop of the Twin Falls Seventh Ward, Twin Falls Idaho Stake. At the time of his death, Jim was a member of the High Priests Quorum of the Twin Falls Idaho West Stake.

With all of Jim's successes as a civic, legal and religious leader, we, his family, believe he would be most proud of his role as a husband, father and grandfather. We will miss you De-Dad; thank you so much for all you have taught us about what is truly important in life.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Harrison Ward, LDS Church, 667 Harrison Street, Twin Falls, Idaho. Services will be conducted by Jim's son in law, Bishop L. Michael Barney. Friends may visit with the family at the viewing to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Interment will be held immediately after the Funeral at the Twin Falls Cemetery, Twin Falls Idaho. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.