Obituaries & Tributes

James ‘Jim’ Leaburn Hamilton

June 10, 1934 – Aug. 20, 2022.

James “Jim” Leaburn Hamilton was born to Norma McDonald and James Zimmerman in Barstow, Calif. Jim had three sisters and one brother, as well as a step-father, Hugh Hamilton. 

Jim enlisted in the military in 1954 and served for three years. After returning from service, Jim married Alice Marie Higgins on Feb. 14, 1954.  

Jim and Alice’s life was made complete with their two children, Larry and Cindy, and one grandchild.

Jim had great faith, prayed often and was a devout member of the Third Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jim had many hobbies including welding, automotive work and gardening with his sweetheart. 

He also had many collections including cats, anything Christmas and everything trains: model sets, books and documentary collections. It was a tradition of his to go to the Great Oregon Steam Fair every summer. 

Jim lost his son Larry in 2014, and his beloved partner, Alice, in 2016. 

Jim passed away peacefully on Aug. 20, 2022 at the age of 88, and is survived by his only daughter, Cindy, and grandchild. Celebration of life will be held Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 3550 West 18th Ave in Eugene.



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