Jim served the College of the Sequoias Tulare Campus as their Farm Specialist and was dedicated to the students and faculty. Jim's greatest joy in life was spending time with his wife, Leslee, of 12 years, and his 7 year old son, Ethan.
Jim was preceded in death by his Pop, Frank Heuer, and grandma, Jean Burkett. He is survived by his wife Leslee; son Ethan; daughter of the heart Danielle Johnson; parents Ernie & Ruth Heuer; brothers Luke & wife Julia, Peter, and Marcus & wife Rochelle; grandmother Inga Heuer; papa Ben Burkett; In- laws Dale and Denise Baumann and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins. (Jim Heuer Obituary, 2014)
Over the past week, so many people have shared their memories and thoughts about Jim and the impact his life has had on them.
Jim’s good friend, Josh Flowers had the following to say about Jim:
“I know for me buddy, we experienced many great times together, some tough times too, but you always were there to show me that the past is in the past, and the future is only what we make it. You blessed me with one of my most precious memories, just a few months ago. When you came over to help me get the land ready for planting - when it came to farming and tractoring you had no rival. When you pulled up and greeted me at the entrance in your super deluxe Cadillac tractor you were driving - we walked the field together and when we returned to the tractor, you just scooped my kids up and let them ride along with you in the tractor for hours...Your Heart is truly filled with LOVE! You knew the kids would love the ride, and you put their desires above your own.”
Charlie Abee had to following to share:
“I remember working with/for Jimmy when I was going into high school chopping cotton. Jimmy was always a great guy always encouraging and always hard working, I remember when we got into one of Jimmy's fields we hit a thick patch of night shade and Ernie had us shout "cotton" to remind us to look for the cotton that was hidden in the night shade. I always respected how hard Jimmy worked and what a genuine person he was. I remember talking to Frank Tebeau when they hired Jimmy at COS and we both agreed they could not have found a better person because Jimmy would do anything you asked him to do and would give everything 150%. I still can't believe he is gone. Jimmy left this world a better place he has touched so many lives in the short amount of time he was on this earth. My heart and prayers go out to his family God got one heck of an angel back until we meet again Jimmy thank you for touching my life and so many others.”
“I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that has been posted here in the past few days. Jim was such an important part of my life, I can't begin to describe how devastating his death has been to myself and my family. I like to imagine that there is this special bond between brothers, that Jim always watched out for me and treated me better because I was his little brother. However, after experiencing the last few days of texts, phone calls, facebook messages, and a constant stream of visitors to my parents’ house, I have come to realize that Jim treated everyone as if they were his brother, as if they were family. It was part of who he was, what made him special, and why he was able to touch so many lives in his short time on this earth. The average person could spend 10 lifetimes here on earth and not spread the amount of love Jim did in just 37 short years. I hope his memory will live on in all of you and if I could make one request I would ask that whatever kindness Jim has shown you in the past, that you pay it forward in kind, the world will be much much much better place for it.”
Today friends and family from all over are gathering in Tulare to celebrate Jim’s life, but it is undeniable that the community of Strathmore will be celebrating Jim’s life and his effect on the community not only today, but for the rest of our lives.
Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Heuer family.
Works Cited Jim Heuer Obituary. (2014, July 28). Retrieved 28 2014, July, from Legacy.com: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/recorderonline/obituary.aspx?n=jim-heuer&pid=171855433&fhid=3676