James Anthony Buren

July 12, 1940 - August 20, 2020

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James Anthony Buren AKA Jim (also known as Jimmy the Jew earned his angel wings Thursday, August 20, 2020. He was a resident of The Heritage Senior Living Home in Preston.  He was a giant of a man who loved everybody he met!  He passed peacefully with his dear wife by his side.

Jim was born in Willows California to Lawrence Edward Varner and Rachel Mabel Daniels on July 12, 1940.

Jim married his fist wife Sandra in Willows California and this union produced 2 sons Mark Buren (deceased) and Shawn Buren both of Willows California.  This marriage ended in Divorce.

Jim then married the love of his life, Patricia R McKay. AKA The Tiger.   He named her that because of her flaming red hair,  spunky nature, and boisterous attitude.  Jim married Pat on his birthday, so he’d never forget their anniversary because he knew if he should forget Pat would certainly hold it against him.  They spent 23 fun-filled years together.

Jim was a Cable Technician for Pirelli in Colusa Ca. For 23 years.  Jim was a hard worker and loved his job.  He would say that in 23 years he only called in sick once, and that was when one of his sons was born.  Jim retired at 55 years old, because of medical problems and enjoyed 25 years of retirement with his Patsy.

Jim loved the Lord and was spiritually fed by The Seventh-Adventist Church. Jim’s many hobbies included collecting stamps from around the world.  He had them cataloged in many albums. Other hobbies included the love of collecting coins, and he loved to talk and share his knowledge of these treasures.  But nothing filled his heart more than the love of working in the yard and tending his garden.  He loved to share his annual harvest with All his neighbors of Nampa ID. Jim also enjoyed the art of storytelling and was always anxious to share a story or two if you had the time.

Jim leaves behind a son Shawn Buren of Willows Ca.  A daughter Jerri (Dennis) Preston ID: Son Gene (Marlene) Snyder of Middleton ID.  Sister Arlene Swinhart of Apache Junction AZ. A Nephew Ted McNally (Patricia) Apache Junction Az. Granddaughter Kelli (Drew MimMack of Vancouver Wa. Granddaughter Traci (Joe) Tehee-Peterson of Portland Or. Several great-grandchildren and great-nephews and nieces,

Jim’s last wishes were for him to be cremated and placed in Nampa Idaho.  A graveside service with the family will take place at a later time once his beautiful Pat joins him in heaven.  So they can celebrate together.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Franklin County Funeral Home, Preston, Idaho Please share a favorite memory or offer condolences to the family be leaving a tribute on this page



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I loved my brother with allMy heart. I did not know himWell but glad he found happiness with Pat.Arlw
- Arlene Swinehart

The first time I met Jim was at Heritage Senior Living in Preston. My first day on the job at Heritage he said "What's your name pretty lady? I'm Jim..Jimmy the Jew and this is my beautiful Tiger Pat". For the next year I got to know the Burens very well and heard many stories about their lives. Jim could always bring a smile to my face with a good joke (not always clean but could make me chuckle nonetheless) you will be sorely missed Jimmy. We will take care of your Patsy until it's time to meet your Tiger once again. Fly high with the Angels. We love and miss you!
- Carla Dopp

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