PEAR­SON James (Jim) Al­fred

No­vem­ber 23, 1961 - De­cem­ber 30, 2018

The Drumheller Mail - - OBITUARY -

James (Jim) Al­fred Pear­son was born in Drumheller, Al­berta No­vem­ber 23, 1961 and passed away sud­denly in his home in Drumheller, De­cem­ber 30, 2018. Jim is sur­vived by his lov­ing part­ner, Donna Tag­gart ( Tret­tin); mother, Mary Pear­son; mother-in-law, Flo­rence Tag­gart; sis­ter Car­men (Dar­ren) Davis; neph­ews, Rees and Ma­son Davis; niece, Sloane Davis; un­cles Sam Wa­ters and Jim Wa­ters; aunts Anne Wa­ters and Laura Wa­ters and sev­eral cousins. He was pre­de­ceased by his fa­ther, Roger Pear­son, broth­erin-law Dou­glas Tag­gart and sis­ter-in-law Brit­tany Tag­gart. Jim grad­u­ated from Delia High School in 1979 and af­ter a year of up­grad­ing and work­ing in Cal­gary, he en­rolled and ul­ti­mately grad­u­ated in the Petroleum Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram at SAIT with a spe­cial­i­sa­tion in Ge­ol­ogy. He worked for two dif­fer­ent oil com­pa­nies over the next few years and af­ter find­ing the oil in­dus­try wasn’t for him, be­gan tak­ing night classes at SAIT in Graphic Artistry. He was quite gifted and was even­tu­ally con­tracted to cre­ate spec­i­fi­ca­tions of arms and am­mu­ni­tion for an Amer­i­can mil­i­tary mag­a­zine out of New York State. Jim was a Sci­en­tific Su­per Nerd. From an early age, it was ob­vi­ous he was wired dif­fer­ently than most. He ob­sessed over every­thing re­lated to science and science fic­tion, comic books, car­toons, the band KISS, Star Trek and of course, grain el­e­va­tors. He was a unique in­di­vid­ual and his per­son­al­ity would fill any room. He had many friends across the con­ti­nent that shared his pas­sions. Many of Jim’s ac­com­plish­ments came as a re­sult of his graphic artist tal­ents com­bined with his love of science fic­tion and his­tory. He helped de­sign a replica of the star­ship En­ter­prise that sits in Vul­can and once our iconic grain el­e­va­tors be­gan dis­ap­pear­ing from the hori­zon, be­came an ad­vo­cate for keep­ing that part of our prairie his­tory alive. He cre­ated the com­pany Van­ish­ing Sen­tinels, and the term ‘ Va­torol­o­gist’ to de­scribe his role in pre­serv­ing our farm­ing and prairie his­tory. Us­ing his pho­tog­ra­phy and writ­ing skills, he wrote four books de­tail­ing the ex­is­tence and lo­ca­tion of all known el­e­va­tors in West­ern Canada. Maps, cal­en­dars, and card stock model repli­cates of grain el­e­va­tors also be­came part of his port­fo­lio. He was asked to present his knowl­edge at con­ven­tions, in class­rooms and dif­fer­ent func­tions across the coun­try and could also be found at dif­fer­ent mar­kets and trade shows sell­ing his wares and an­swer­ing ques­tions. Fam­ily was ex­tremely im­por­tant to Jim and he rarely missed a fam­ily event. More than any­thing, he adored his neph­ews and niece and en­joyed spend­ing time with them. They loved watch­ing movies, dis­cussing books/comic books and play­ing video games with him as they grew up. They were his of­fi­cial ‘Cookie Testers’ and he truly made amaz­ing cook­ies! He was in­cred­i­bly proud of their ac­com­plish­ments as adults and made ef­forts to make sure they knew it. In 2014, af­ter be­ing friends for sev­eral years, Donna Tag­gart be­came cen­tral to his life and was a ground­ing, sup­port­ive force that he trea­sured and loved with all his heart. In 2012, Jim was di­ag­nosed with leukemia and for the past six years coura­geously bat­tled the dis­ease. Re­cently, he was also di­ag­nosed with heart dis­ease which was what ul­ti­mately ended his life. A spe­cial thank you to the Drumheller Emer­gency Re­sponse teams (para­medic, fire and RCMP) who re­sponded to the emer­gency call to Jim and Donna’s res­i­dence and for the her­culean ef­fort you made to save his life. A cel­e­bra­tion of Jim’s life will take place Fri­day, Jan­uary 11th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cre­ta­ceous Con­fer­ence Cen­tre (Juras­sic Inn) in Drumheller 1103 High­way 9, South. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made in his mem­ory to the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Canada. Court­ney-Win­ters Funeral Home en­trusted with ar­range­ments.

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