Jim was a true Slovenian from da Range. He and his wife went on two tours of Slovenia in 2001 and 2009. He married Sandra Meyer after they both graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College where they met. Jim started teaching at Mounds View HS in 1958 and was a fixture in the Biology Department for 34 years. Jim retired in 1992 enjoying world travel with Sandy including many warm winters in Mazatlán.