James Francis Bartlett

January 28, 1950August 10, 2015

James Francis Bartlett, 65, died August 10, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles, CA. He is survived by his wife, Annette, his two children, Jameson and Caitlin, his sister, Kate, and brother, John.

James was born on January 28, 1950, in Mt. Edgecombe, AK to Pauline (Knudsen) Bartlett and Jack Bartlett, pioneer educators in the Territory of Alaska where they lived in rural villages before moving their family to Fairbanks. James was widely known in Fairbanks, having been part of many successful and popular music groups and theater productions. James was once selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of a national collegiate competition in theater arts.

James attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he studied Theatre Arts. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles where he attended and graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Business Management. He also obtained paralegal certification and had a successful professional career in the Los Angeles area.

He married Annette (Schaff) Bartlett on December 28th, 1982, while living in Santa Barbara, CA. They have two children, Jameson William Bartlett (25) and Caitlin Dakota Bartlett (23), plus two dogs – Lily (15) and Jake (2). He loved his family deeply and enjoyed the many fulfilling, busy days they shared while raising their family in the small town of Culver City, CA, surrounded by the adventurous big city of Los Angeles, CA.

James will be deeply missed by his many friends and family including his sister Kate and husband Bill Lacher, New Orleans, LA—their children Janna (Dimitri) Karnezis, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA and Ben (Caitlin) Lacher, Baton Rouge, LA—and his brother John Bartlett, and his children James (Cecilia) Bartlett and Jesse Bartlett, who all reside in Fairbanks, AK. A memorial service is planned for his many friends and family in Fairbanks. James made annual visits to New Orleans and made many friends there who have expressed their love and wish to be counted in the number who will miss him dearly. A casual gathering of friends and family will be held Friday, August 14, from 3 pm to 6 pm (until sundown) at Lindberg Park, 5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA 90230. Please stop by – eulogy and moments of sharing at approximately 4 pm.


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August 31, 2015

I met James over twenty five years ago when he played with my son's father. He was talented, funny and full of life. My deepest sympathies. Jan Anisman

Myrtle (MJ) John

August 31, 2015

TO: Annette, Jamison & Caitlin. I am saddened to hear of James' passing. I have known James for more than 25 years. We worked in the legal community at several firms, L&E, Pachulski & BMC Group. He loved his family deeply, and was so very proud of the accomplishment of his children. I know he will be sorely missed.

Kirk Richmond

August 26, 2015

Jim was a good friend, talented, sincere. Memories of Styrofoam Mountain, had not had those thought in years. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I will hang Prayer Flags for him and memories.

Mary Lou Cady

August 25, 2015

I was so sad to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a great guy, we all had so much fun in school. He was so musically talented and loved everything he did on stage. My prayers are with the family.


August 21, 2015

My sincere sympathies to the Bartlett Family. Please take comfort in knowing that God promises to swallow up death forever and wipe away tears from All faces.

Mike Welsh

August 21, 2015

I remember some of the bands James played with in Fairbanks. It was wonderful to see him back in Fairbanks a couple years ago with the reunion of Glass Bead Game. Aside from his musical talents, James was a genuinely warm and gentle soul. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

Robert Krize

August 20, 2015

James was a friend through high school and beyond. I fondly remember "hanging" at the Bartlett home with Ma, Pa, John and Kate. Played music and had great times with him. I was an avid fan of Styrofoam Mountain and Glass Bead Game. You will be missed old friend. Rest in Peace. My sincere condolences to his family.

Bob Aaron

August 20, 2015

Jim and the Glass Bead Game are some of my favorite memories of Fairbanks. He was such a great person..