James S. Preston

James S. Preston, 78, of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas.  James was born in Mayville, New York on August 7, 1938, to the late Arthur and Sarah Preston.  Jim grew up at Cheney’s Point and graduated from Chautauqua Central School in 1956.

Jim held many jobs in his career, from working in a GLF feed mill in Ashville, NY to a Bowling Alley maintenance mechanic in Pacific Grove, California.  This varied career enabled him to hold court on some dandy story telling with colorful quips and anecdotes.  He retired to Texas in 1994 after several years in the construction industry in California.  He was a friend of Bill W. for 38 years.

Jim is survived by a daughter Sandra Preston (Vicki) of Jamestown; three sons, Scott Preston (Lan) of Germantown, Maryland, Todd Preston (Jeana) and Stephen Preston of League City, Texas. Five grandchildren Kahla and Tyler Preston of League City and Jami, Alexa, and Hunter Preston of Germantown, MD. A Great Granddaughter Harper Martin of League City, a grandson Dallas Wicks (Cindy) and a granddaughter Candace Harper (Alan) of Santa Fe, Texas. One brother Alan Preston (Denise) of Greenville, ME.  Several nieces and nephews and nephews.  James was preceded in death by his sister Susan Atkinson and his first wife Alberta Preston.

James will be cremated at the Crowder Funeral Home and later his ashes will be interred in Monterrey, California.

The Family is planning a celebration of life party to be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to your local Alcoholics Anonymous or charity of your choice.


  1. Grandpa Jim:

    I will miss they way you would say things and your smartypants comments about things. You always knew how to make us all laugh. I always said you were so stubborn that you would outlive us all. Sad to say, you proved me wrong. You were very loved and will be missed.

    Love you

    Heather Lane and family
  2. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. I know my grandma was among the first to greet him. She spoke fondly of him.

    Nicole Haley
  3. Grampa, Gramps, Grampa Jimmy, Granddad, JP Grampa, Grampa Jimbo, James Jimbo Jimmy, James Preston
    I will always love you. Thank you for being the best Grampa anyone could have. I will always miss your yummy chili with all the extra meat in it for us meat snatching kids, and your famous Skirts Steak that no matter how much I’ve tried I can never come close to copying or the best breakfast maker ever that super yum over easy chicken guts and dog food. BEST BREAKFAST EVER!!! (eggs and corned beef hash) Of course I can’t forget “THE DEADLY RED DYE” which I faithfully passed on to my kids. Drinking pop and dunking Oreos will never be the same. Thank you for all of the 4th of July firework shows you have done for us. I wish you could have seen my last few shows I did myself, thanks to you they get bigger and better every time! I hope you can see this year’s firework show from where you are. It will be in your honor. Thank you for all your “clean” dirty jokes that always sent me screaming EWE!!! GRAMPAS GROSS!!! Making me think that poor white horse is gonna be in so much trouble with the mom for falling in that mud puddle! Or freaking me out thinking I had a horse’s butt underneath my ponytail. I always tell kids that aren’t listening that if they push their belly button too hard that their butt will fall off! HaHaha!!! Gets them every time!!! Good stuff Grampa. There is so much more I wanted you to know, I will pass on everything you ever taught me (even the super secret don’t tell Gramma or your mom stuff) I will continue to keep my pinky swear forever. I love you Grampa and will forever be greatful for all of you. Your baby grandkid Jodiah

    Jodi Ilene Heely
  4. So very sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

    Mullard Family
  5. I didn’t know Jim, probably only met him a few times, but I did know the family and what a tribute to you and Bertie. 4 of the most wonderful people I have ever known. My thoughts and prayers to Sandy, Steve, Scott and Todd and all your grandchildren. Reading the tributes from 2 of them really show the love – May you rest in peace and those wonderful memories everyone is sharing help them through the grieving – Sandy, Steve, Scott and Todd keep the stories alive with your families because in life thats what the good life is family, memories , stories and history.

    Love Trudy

    Trudy Miller Stuart
  6. I miss you dearly Grampa. Today is a rough day and I want so very much to hug you and hear your voice. Brandiah and i love you and are thankful for everything you have taught us. We just hope that you know how important you were and are to us. Everything you have ever done we appreciate. Thank you for all your time and love. GARGANTUAN HUGS TO YOU GRAMPA LOVE YOU FOREVER. JODIAH

    Jodi Ilene Heely
  7. I miss you Grampa

    Jodi Heely
  8. Sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin. I haven’t seen Jim for over 50 years, but have fond memories of playing together at our house in Kenmore NY and Ashville, NY. I’m attempting to do a family history of the Preston family during the pandemic, if anybody is interested. My Dad did a lot of work years ago as well as your sister Susan.

    Robert E Preston

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