Jimmy Richard McLemore

Aug. 24, 1934 –

Jan. 17, 2014

Jimmy Richard McLemore, 79, passed away peacefully in Dallas on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born to the late William Delbert (“Mack”) and Jimmie Beringer Hudson McLemore on Aug. 24, 1934, in Howard in Texas. He graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1952 and began working for Southern Engine & Pump Company in Dallas, where he quickly rose through the ranks.

In 1972, he moved his family to Denver and established McLemore Pump, Inc. His company became a successful and award-winning distributor of multiple pump lines in western states for 35 years, and expanded to open an office in San Francisco.

In his early years, Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church and active as a teacher and choir member. He served in the United States Naval Reserves. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating, fishing, and hunting, and he was a lifelong history buff, especially of the American West. In later years, he developed an interest in genealogy and pursued research into McLemore family history with a fond community of fellow researchers.

Jim was more than a great father to his three daughters – he was a central figure in their lives. They could always rely on him for strength and peace, a great evening at a good restaurant, and advice on anything mechanical from cars to plumbing. He was never more than a phone call, email or text away, and would drive over or fly as needed.

He adored his four grandchildren, who loved him profoundly. He gave his time and attention to them in many ways large and small: he attended their graduations, ball games, theater and musical performances, and camp closings at Camp Mystic; spent holidays with them and joined them for football games, live or broadcast; taught them to drive, and took them on Western history tours. He was proud of their accomplishments and confident in their futures.

His resourcefulness, kindness, and resilience were a source of inspiration and comfort to everyone around him. His strength of character never wavered in the face of life's challenges. He was a rare man, much loved, and will be dearly missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen McLemore Butler. Survivors include his daughters, Vicki Chapman of Dallas and her husband Bob Chapman, Cynthia McLemore of Philadelphia and her husband Mark Liberman, Lori McLemore Eidenschink of Denver; his grandchildren, Lauren Chapman, Mac McLemore, and Annie and Evan Eidenschink; his sister Gail McLemore Fikes and her husband Dannie Fikes of Waxahachie; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St. in Waxahachie. www.bozemitchellmckibbin.com