James Lyon Jenks

James Lyon Jenks passed away on June 11, 2012 due to complications from a blood transfusion at the VA hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Although Jim’s passing was sudden and unexpected, his suffering was minimal. Jim had developed some health problems resulting from Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War, but he spent his last years living happily in Pinos Altos, New Mexico.

During the past two decades Jim had remarried for a third time, owned a gallery and built his dream house. Known for his incredible artistic talent, Jim continued to paint his unique 3-D-shaped canvases, getting much inspiration from Native American culture and the magical Southwestern landscape. A former philosophy student at UCSB, Jim loved to explore existentialist ideas and always retained his intellectual curiosity with a healthy dose of cynicism.

Prior to relocating to New Mexico in the early ‘90s, Jim was a resident of Santa Barbara. Those of you who were lucky enough to have known him then will remember a man with a love for the game of backgammon and a good conversation. Jim is survived by his daughter, Jaimie Jenks, his wife, Judith Jenks and his brother, Robert Jenks.

He is remembered by all those that knew him. There will be a gathering to remember Jim this coming Saturday, June 30. Please send condolences and inquiries to

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