James Francis Bussard
date of birth August 31 1966
date of death April 25 2012
Jim passed away April 25th, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. He was born August 31st, 1966, in Orange, California, and was raised primarily in Idaho. He attended John Brown Elementary in Rathdrum, ID and went on to graduate from Coeur d’Alene High School. He also lived in California for a dozen years, and worked as a cook at Denney’s Restaurant in Paso Robles and at the Paso Robles Inn. He moved to Oregon in 2000, and for six years was a sous chef at Jake’s Famous Crawfish in Portland, and was a chef at Paddy’s Bar & Grill for two years. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, swimming, biking and skateboarding. He also enjoyed collecting driftwood and fashioning each unique piece into fascinating shapes. He loved animals, especially his 17 year-old cat, Brewster. Jim was very close to his family members and friends, and will be dearly missed.
Jim is survived by his father and step-mother, Sherman and Sandra Bussard of Vancouver, WA and by his mother and step-father, Gail and Jerry Vanderhoof of Rathdrum, ID. He is also survived by his brothers John Bussard of Keizer, OR and Roy Bussard of Vancouver, WA. His extended family also includes his step-brothers Chris Vanderhoof of Rathdrum, ID, Bob Robatzek of Seattle, WA, Tony Robatzek of Portland, OR and his step-sister Merrilee Johnstone. He also leaves behind his loving companion, Liz Baird.
Memorial contributions may be made to an On Point Credit Union account for Jim Bussard, #1058268, or to a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank all those who have shared their condolences and best wishes.
Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center – Portland.
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Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Diana Hodson No words can express the deep sympathy I would like to convey to you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts. Take care.
Candle lit by Jeff & Lisa Davis Jim will be missed by all of the Davis family. He was a fun-loving man and we are sad to know that he is no longer with us. He is the reason our son, Jackson, is in culinary school right now. Jim taught him to eat oysters on the half-shell which was a big thing for an 8 year old.
Candle lit by Janice & Larry Addington Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Candle lit by Wendi Helmick My mind runs crazy with the things I want to say, but I am not sure what to say. I was just a kid around all the boys. I was scared of just about everybody and every dog in the neighborhood-but I wasn't scared of Jimmy. He was always so nice to me. I have a vivid memory of one day-he was across the kitchen counter of our house. There was a coffee can sitting there. He asked me-" do you know what that means on that can -MJB-. I told him no, I did not. He said: " It means Mighty Jim Bussard". I smiled, and I believed him. Rest In Peace Mighty Jim Bussard and I am looking forward to seeing you again.
Candle lit by Shirley Walson What a nice looking son, Gail. My heart goes out to you and all those who will miss Jim.
Candle lit by Jenny Klein I never had the pleasure of meeting James, but knowing his mom, I am sure he was a wonderful man! I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.
Candle lit by Rick and Jean Gee Our hearts go out to Gail and Jerry. Love to you all.
Candle lit by Roberta & Dennis Marolt Jim was such a wonderful son and great guy. Our hearts go out to you.
Candle lit by Irene Reed We will miss his happy face, great sense of fun and his good food.
Candle lit by Janice castelli Such wonderful memories for me of Jim as a boy, a very kind, good young boy, our memories will always be filled with love for him and prayers for those he left behind. We say goodbye and see him in a place filled with love.
Candle lit by Bill Stockton Seems like not very long ago us boys Jim, Roy,& John Bussard, Matt Helmick, Dave and Brian Remily and I were having a pine cone fight. Of course I'm the only one on Chase rd. still so the reminders are all there. When I moved to Rathdrum Gale make the boys play with me, they were the "cool kids" and I was the pudgy "new kid". Jimmy was nice and always had that crooked little smile on his face-on the edge of laughing so I didn't feel like his mom made him hang out with me. Well I guess the good do die young-just sucks for the rest of us who will miss him. HAPPY TRAILS JIM
Candle lit by Monika and Janet Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. Jim will live on in all the lives he touched.
Candle lit by Barbara Baldwin I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. My thought and prayers are for the family.
Candle lit by I have alot of good childhood memories with Jim. It was a pleasure to know him.
Candle lit by marco r. delao I first met james francis bussard when we enrolled in Western culinary institute/ le cordon bleu in portland oregon. We kick started our friendship withing 2 months of school. I had some experience in the industry but not bearly as much as he had. Our friendship over time grew strong. After graduating school, I interned in las vegas at the bellagio hotel, and him at jakes famous crawfish. We kept in touch for a few years and lost contact after. I moved back to portland in 2009 and was hired by jakes and everybody was surprised that I knew him. I finally got his number and once again we were din contact. Jim and I soon after our reunion began to catch up and went fishing every weekend. He became my best friend. He became like a brother to me. When he was the chef at paddys, I would in the summer time, help him work the festivals at the waterfront. Hed sneak me in through a gap in the gate and say, slap on some gloves and get to work! Anytime we would get together with his former employees at jakes, firat thing he would say was... marco was green when I met him! Everything he knows is because of me! Now im a pastry chef and he had no clue when it came to pastry. Yet he took the credit for it! Lol! August of 2011 he took me salmon fishing in the ocean with his dad, sherman bussard and his brother, roy bussard. It was my first time ever and he gave me an experience of a lifetime! I will never forget that! EVER! As well as all the other great memories! He was well respected by all at jakes! When we webt fishing we would always tey to prank eachother. The last prank he pulled he put a nasty nightcrawler in my subway sandwich while we were out for the day for some fishin. I took a bite and bit right into it and proceded to chew having this odd dirt like taste in my mouth, and as I was chewing he was laughing his ass off as I realized what he had done and I proceeded to go after him! Lol! As you can see I miss my brother so very much! I still have his contact info in my phone and I will never delete it. Jim was always know for taking care of you before he took care of himslef. Hes always been that way. On his last day with us, I had a bad fleeling. I sent him a text and told him I love him and I would see him soon. During work on lunch service, everybodies phone started ringing and I instantly knew what had happened. Then I got my call. I was heartboken. I still am. I know hes out of pain and free. But I still miss him. I am blessed to have been able to reunite with brother and be able to catch up before his last days on april 25th 20012. My brother jim, I miss you, I love ya, and glad you are no longer in pain. I thank you for all that you have done for me as well as others. People like you dont deserve what happened to you. Everytime I fish, I set up a memorial with a fishing pole, and a beer and a chair for u. I know you are there. I know that you are okay. I know that you are happy now. You are worry free, pain free, and you are missed! I love ya brother. Tgere is no such thing as goodbyes..... only see you later. Big jim, ill see you later big guy. Your friend, marco r. Delao.