OBITUARY

James George LaChance

January 20, 1934March 23, 2021
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LtCol (Ret.) James (Jim) (Big Thunder) G. LaChance, born January 20, 1934, in Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on March 23, 2021 in Austin, Texas at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah (Chapman) LaChance, parents, LtCmdr (Ret). George D. and Alice L. LaChance, brother George D. LaChance, Jr., and grandson Nicolas C. Brunelli.

Jim is survived by his brother, William L. LaChance, his sisters, Helen I. Wilson and Judy A. Little, his loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and close friends. Jim attended the University of Nebraska and the University of Utah and was a United States Air Force Veteran. Jim had a distinguished 20-year Air Force career flying many aircraft like the F100, the F104, and flew a combat tour over Vietnam in the F105 before retiring in Austin, Texas. After serving in the military, Jim was a real estate broker and custom home builder. He enjoyed spending time on the Thunderosa watching the deer, birds, and grandchildren play. Jim has flown to the wild blue yonder and is at peace. Memories, including the legendary 4th of July BBQs, with Jim/Dad/Papaw will always be cherished.

Services will be held at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX 78749 at 1PM and will include a graveside service. After the service there will be a private reception for friends and family in Dripping Springs. We welcome you to join us.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: https://www.afassistancefund.org/index.php/donate/

Mailing address for contributions: Air Force Assistance Fund AFPC/DP3SA 550 C Street West JBSA-Randolph, Texas 78150 *Please use a check, cashier’s check or money order.

Thank you all for your faithful prayers for our family .

Fly high Big Thunder!

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, March 29, 2021

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Leanne LaChance

April 19, 2021

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Jim. I have blips of memories of his face from when I was a very young child. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed seeing all the old photos that were posted and I am glad to have been able to screen shot some. What a beautiful family! Peace and Blessings.
- Leanne Alice LaChance

John Bley

March 29, 2021

We'll miss you cousin Jim. I have so many favorite memories. During WWII we lived in the same neighbor hood in Norfolk VA. Both our Dad's were career Navy men and we moved a lot. In December of 1947, my Dad was transferred to Key West from Newport RI. We left Newport, drove to San Diego to spend Christmas with the LaChances, then back to Key West. We had a great time. And then there was the time when Jim came to watch me play football at Oxnard High School. He was stationed at Oxnard Air Force Base. He gave me a lot of encouragement.
I thank you Jim for your information on the family and filling me in on some of details. Rest in Peace Jim. Godspeed.

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