James C. Liston, Jr.

March 20, 1927 - June 14, 2009
James C. Liston, Jr.

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On June 14, 2009, James Crichton Liston, Jr. passed away after a long battle with Parkinsonís disease.

Jim was born March 20, 1927 in Merced, California, and grew up in San Jose. He graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration, and served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during World War II and the Korean War.

After a distinguished 35 year career in management at Montgomery Ward, Jim retired to his cattle ranch in Bonanza, Oregon in 1983.

Jim was active in many civic organizations, including Rotary, Lionís Club, DECA for Marketing Students, president of Sales and Marketing Executives of Phoenix and Tucson. He served as president of the Oregon Hay Growerís Assoc., Klamath County Cattlemenís Assoc., and Langell Valley Irrigation District. He was a member of the Klamath County Board of Commissioners.

Jim enjoyed camping, fishing and hiking in the High Sierras. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Jean; his children, Carolyn Luther, DVM, Capt. Stephen Liston, USAF, and Jeff Liston of Mariposa; grandchildren Kelli and Chase Liston; sister, Marcy Liston of San Francisco, brother Thomas L. Liston and his wife Robin of Los Altos, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009, at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Wally Shamburger officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Bonanza, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Parkinsonís Research, Miller School of Medicine, Univ. of Miami, 1120 N.W. 14th St., Miami, Fla. 33136.


Friday, June 19, 2009
12:00 AM

The Chapel of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • June 17, 2009
    Ann and Terry McElreath says:
    We have always been glad to know you and Jim. We are sorry for your family's loss, and the loss of such a nice man. Love, Ann and Terry

  • June 17, 2009
    Walt and Nancy Hammerich says:
    Our deepest sympathy. What a wonderful man and neighbor. Sincerely, Walt and Nancy Hammerich Tag and Mary Lou Howland

  • June 17, 2009
    John Caylor says:
    Jean, I hope that you feel that Jim is finally at peace. Jack Caylor

  • June 17, 2009
    Robert and Diane Bacon says:
    Jim was a great friend and business associate. I enjoyed so much the hospitality of Jim and Gene at their home in Bonanza. He helped me in purchasing property in Bonanza, Oregon and later was a so helpful in advising me when I entered the real estate business. Jim was a great community man in our farming community of Bonanza and his passing will be felt by mandy Bob Bacon

  • June 18, 2009
    Kraig and Linda Weider says:
    Jean, Carolyn and Steven, What a great time we had together with Jim while he worked with us as a real estate broker selling farms and ranches. We'll never forget the day he walked into the office and told us we needed a "ranch" man! With his business background and wonderful ability for working with people, we knew that Jim would not make "stupid" mistakes and would guide buyers and sellers with the highest of ethics and care. We used to go to coffee and just laugh hard over the crazy things in life. Through Jim we learned about his wonderful mountain experiences high in the Sierras where he grew up and which he so dearly loved. We listened to his frustrations in trying to guide the local planning commission as it worked its way through the hurdles of the Salt Caves imbroglio. And, we heard his warnings to Holly as she lept headlong into the world of llamas. We had ten great years working with Jim. Jim was so proud of the lovely home he and Jean had built in Bonanza. He so dearly loved planning and working on the ranch. And, it was through Jim and Jean that we had the distinct honor of meeting such wonderful folks such as Gene and Darl Rector and Gary and Penny Williams, among many others. Jim regaled us with many stories of his growing up in the San Jose area and how crazy the real estate market had become there. His pride in Carolyn when she was riding and competing with her Morgan mare and doing so well in veterinary medicine was delightful. And, Steven grew up from a blond, shy little boy to a handsome, skilled military Captain experiencing the world. Jim was very proud of his family and was devoted to and so proud of Jean with her decorating skills, financial management and grace. We recall Jim talking about growing up with him and his family thinking he should become a doctor. When he finally had enough of his struggle with science and changed to business, he said he couldn't believe how much more enjoyable his college years became. We will cherish the trip we made to North Carolina to visit Jim and Jean several years ago. It was fun walking Hendersonville just looking for ice cream. We wish his family strength as they go on without him. But, he will not be far away; he will be with you always and is resting peacefully now. We offer these condolences and memories with deep caring for the loss of a fine man and wonderful friend. Kraig and Linda Weider