December 7, 1926 - September 11, 2008
Born on December 7 1926 to MV and Lella Coleman in Hillsboro Texas, passed away on September 11, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Dixie and children, Bill Coleman, Becky Coleman, Britt Coleman, Valerie Bonney, Patrick Bonney, Colleen Bonney, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grand-children, and many nephews and nieces. He served his country in the Army Air Force during WWII where he piloted PT boats in Panama rescuing downed airmen. He graduated from Tulsa Univ-ersity as a Petroleum Engineer in 1953. He retired in 1983 after a 30 year career in the petroleum industry with Mobil Oil. He then started a consulting business where he worked in research and development at the leading edge of offshore petroleum production technology. Jim was adventurous and his career in the petroleum industry provided opportunities to travel the world while residing for many years in places such as Iran, United Kingdom, and Norway. He was a 50 year Mason with the Knights Templar. The backdrop of a successful, professional career was a rich and varied personal life where he was involved in ranching, theater, and civic organizations. He married Betty Jean Griffin in 1951, raised a family, then later married Dixie Bonney. Jim was a loving, generous, and wise father to both families, accepting of all whom he encountered. After retirement, his love for the water drove many interests but his favorite was volunteering for the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota Florida. It is the wish of Jim’s family that charitable donations be given to Mote Marine (www.mote.org) or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Jim will be cremated and have his ashes scattered in Gulf of Mexico, returning him to water he loved. He is preceded in death by his parents, MV and Lella Coleman, brothers Macel and John, and sister Louise. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas at 2:30 pm Saturday, September 13, 2008.
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