On Saturday, May 2, 2020, James Jay Leland (Jim) passed away from natural causes at the age of 82.

Jim was born in Fort Peck MT, where his father, Jay S. Leland, an engineer, and mother, Ethel Mae, a nurse, met during the construction of the dam.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father and by his love and companion, Kathleen Joyce.  He is survived by his sister Sally, his niece Mitzy, his nephew Christian, and many cousins.

Jim was an educated scholar with a gentle, kind and compassionate heart.  He had a long and faithful commitment to the AA organization.  He loved camping and fishing, his horses and books.  He once stated, “Books are what define me.”

No memorial will be held at this troubling time as travel and gatherings are limited.