James Bernard Cazier passed on to his Heavenly Father on October 30, 2016, at his home in Ely Nevada, following a lengthy illness.
Jim was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 31, 1938 to Mary Genevieve Gianola and Clarence H. Cazier.
When he was about three years old the family moved to Ely, Nevada where his father’s family resided. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
When he got old enough he spent many days of his childhood years with his Grandmother Georgina Cazier and Uncle Art Cazier at their ranch in North Spring Valley.
This is where he learned the love of hunting at an early age, joining his Uncle Art guiding deer hunters in the Schell Creek mountains above the ranch. He had many hunting stories to tell about hunting as a teenager with Ron Jordan on the Snake Range before the park was created.
Jim was a fabulous dancer; he was often approached by ladies who asked him to dance and he loved twirling them around on the dance floor.
Jim went to school at the Ely Grade School and graduated from White Pine High School in 1956.
After graduation, he started working in mines at Taylor and Ward Mountain near Ely. On January 8, 1958, Jim joined the U.S. Air Force at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah. After his basic training, he returned to Ely and married Elaine J. McNay on March 12, 1958.
He was assigned to Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, California where Elaine joined him. They had their first two children in California, a daughter Jodi Lynn and a son James R.
After release from the service on January 8, 1962, they returned to Ely where Jeffery B. and Jay Anthony were born. Jim and Elaine later divorced. Daughter, Jennifer Gia was born to Jim and Linda Smith in 1982.
He loved hunting and fishing with his children during their lives.
He made special breakfast treats for his children. He loved his children dearly and enjoyed seeing them play sports in school.
Jim worked at Kennecott Copper in Ruth several years holding several positions from train engineer, timekeeper, Assay Office and was Pit Foreman when Kennecott closed the mine. Men assigned to work for Jim enjoyed working with him.
Jim was a regular at the branding session at various ranches within the Ely area. The ranchers loved “Big Jim” there running the head chute, if a steer broke through he would tackle it by himself and hold the animal for a roper to retrieve the animal. He helped his neighbor ranchers, the Yellands take cattle to their mountain grazing each summer and gathering them in the fall. Jim ran the Cazier Ranch in Spring Valley after his Uncle Art was not able, irrigating and caring for livestock on his off-hours at the mine.
After mining ceased he worked for several road construction contractors, J&M Trucking and Norcross Service as a fuel truck driver. In 1988 he commenced a relationship with Karen Lani, the daughter of Margaret Yelland and Doll Lani, life-long family friends. They were married in December 1991. As soulmates, they enjoyed spending the next 26 plus years traveling between the ranch and Ely, growing a large garden at the ranch, tending animals and doing work on the ranch. They especially enjoyed watching their granddaughter, Jewelia Cazier, as she participated in 4-H and horsemanship. Their favorite pastime was traveling in the mountains, valleys and hunting.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins Slim Gianola & Roy Cazier and grandson Jeremy Holthus.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Cazier of Ely; Elaine Cazier, mother of their children: James, Jeff (Debbie) and Jay (Jerri Lynn Morrill) Cazier of Ely. Jodi Hendricks of Eugene, Oregon, and Jennifer Cazier and her mother, Linda Meadows of Livermore, California. Step-sons, Keith Lani of Ely and Richard (Kori) Lani of Pendleton, OR. His grandchildren, Taron Rane and Jordan (Katie) Bradley of Spokane, Washington, Abbey Bradley of Eugene, Oregon. Jewelia Cazier and Shaleen (Hawk Dumont) Cazier of Ely; Amanda (Erica) Cazier of Reno. Gia and Aryia Paul of Livermore, California, and Great Granddaughter, Tayla Stark. Step-grandchildren Nickolas, Karson, Hannah, Hunter, Braedon, Claire, Matt, Lawrence and Hunner. Several cousins and numerous friends survive him.
Services will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 1080 Avenue I in Ely at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 5th, burial follows in the Ely City Cemetery.
Pallbearers are: James R., Jeffery B., Jay A. and Willie Cazier, Jordan Bradley and Keith Lani. Honorary Pallbearers: Gil McNay, Paul Boundy, Pete Boundy, Wally Boundy, Bob Bradley, Taron Rane Bradley, Richard Lani, Ron Jordan, Dennis Eldridge and Lyle Norcross.