James ‘Jim’ Wyatt Jr., age 65, of Richland Springs, Texas, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010, in San Marcos, Texas. Jim accepted Christ as his Savior and has left a life of pain in his days to be at rest and peace in Heaven.
Jim was born on Jan. 6, 1945, in Menard, Texas, to James Wyatt and Edna (Chadwick/Mills) Wyatt. Jim moved with his family to “the cotton belt,” San Saba, Texas, when he was 4 years old. Jim’s family eventually moved to Bowser, Texas, where Jim’s family still owns “homeplace.” Jim attended school in Richland Springs and also San Angelo. Jim served in the United States Navy for eight years. During these eight years, Jim served three tours, for a total of 39 months, in Vietnam. Jim then joined the Air Force where he served throughout the world for another 14 years, including one of his favorite places on earth, Alaska. While in the military, Jim earned three college degrees in engineering. Jim retired from military life after 22 years, in 1984. Jim then worked for Lockheed-Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, until 1995, when he moved back to San Saba County to care for his aunt, Annie Mae (Chadwick) Goldberg, and uncle, Clifford Chadwick. Jim considered the great outdoors his living room. He traveled throughout the United States during his lifetime to hunt and fish, including an annual trek to the San Juans of Colorado for elk.
Jim was married to Rhonda (Hilliard/Jacobson) Boldt on Feb. 13, 2005. The years Jim and Rhonda spent together were filled with travel, hunting, Richland Springs Coyote football and family. A day trip to Galveston for lunch, a weekend road trip to Pensacola, Fla., to see a son stationed there, were not uncommon. Their last summer trip was in June and was the road “trip of a lifetime” as they traveled the western United States to Whidbey Island, (Seattle) to visit their son, Rod, who is stationed there. Jim and Rhonda moved to Seguin, Texas, in 2009 to be closer to their children in the Austin area and the coast where they enjoyed fishing and boating.
Jim is survived by his wife, Rhonda Wyatt; children, Darryl Wyatt of Austin, David Wyatt of Fredericksburg, Rod Wyatt of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash., Suzanne Wyatt of Kyle, Halima Wyatt of San Marcos and Khalid (Joe) Wyatt of Belle Chasse Naval Air Station, La.; and grandson, Austin James Wyatt. Jim is also survived by one aunt, Jean (Chadwick) Stafford of Bandera and numerous cousins. Jim leaves behind two very special friends, Ed Smith of Richland Springs and Les Hammett of San Saba, and their families.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Edna (Chadwick) Feist and step-father, Clarence Feist and one daughter, Melissa Wyatt.
Jim leaves behind an empty place in the hearts of his family and friends as big as the great outdoors he loved. Jim was a man of his word, a man of wisdom, and a man whose larger-than-life presence can never be filled. His family mourns his passing and will use the life lessons he taught, the memories they shared with Jim, and their faith to help them through these sad times.
Services for Jim were held Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at the Richland Springs Baptist Church with Bros. Barry Fikes and Joel Densman (Prairie Lea Baptist Church) officiating. Pallbearers were: Darryl Wyatt, David Wyatt, Rod Wyatt, Khalid Wyatt, Austin Wyatt, Mitchell, Jacobson, Les Hammett, and Ed Smith. Burial was held at Varga Chapel Cemetery with the Air Force Honor Guard.