John Jim Botsford Bennett Jr.

May 2, 1929December 9, 2013

John Botsford Bennett Jr known to all as Jim, and to some as Santiago, died peacefully at his home in Tucson on December 9, 2013. Jim lived in Tucson with his family since 1961, most of those years in an old adobe in the Fort Lowell neighborhood. Jim was born in Portland, Oregon on May 2, 1929. His father’s job with Standard Oil moved the family all over the West. Jim attended eleven schools in twelve years. His fondest memories of growing up centered on Long Beach, Salt Lake and San Francisco. Summer jobs with Standard Oil saw Jim pumping gas at such sweet spots as the North Rim of Grand Canyon. After attending the University of Utah, Jim joined the Marine Corps. He trained at Camp Pendleton, earning respect for his marksmanship, and served two years in the Korean War. Jim worked as sales representative for Remington Arms, and later, most notably, Mead Johnson Pharmaceuticals, who he represented in Southern Arizona for 30 years. Before moving to Tucson, Jim owned Jim’s Lair, a tavern in Milwaukee, Oregon. In Oregon he met and married Betty, his wife of 51 years. The family moved to Tucson in 1961, spending parts of most summers in Neskowin on the Oregon coast with Oregon relatives. On their yearly travels, Jim and Betty sought out and recommended great mom and pop restaurants they discovered along the way. Jim is survived by his wife Betty, stepdaughters, Carol (Glenn) Masquelier, Beth (Alan Scott) Janes, Lyle Janes, all of Tucson, and Lyle’s daughter Sarah Rubio and family of Seattle. Jim is also survived by his cousins Pete Bennett of Gladstone, Oregon and Jean Strom of Buffalo, Wyoming. Jim was a great host, a fine cook, and flawless bartender. His friends and family will long remember his booming baritone voice calling one and all to the table for memorable meals. Jim’s gourmet feasts were always served up with a helping of his unfailing sense of humor. Besides cooking Jim enjoyed target shooting, golf, piloting light aircraft, and following the stock market. He was smooth on the dance floor and a formidable opponent at the bridge table. Jim will be missed by his family, friends and his invaluable caregivers who all loved him dearly. His memory will be best served by donations to The Old Fort Lowell Live-at-Home Program, POB 14633, Tucson 85732. Jim, enjoy your wanderings in the Happy Hunting Grounds in the hereafter. We who are left behind miss you greatly.


John Jim Botsford Bennett Jr.

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Margie Williams

December 16, 2013

I took Jim's position with Mead Johnson when he retired. He was a kind and gracious man. Best to your family.

Alan Scott

December 13, 2013

Pete and Paula,
This is from Beth's husband Alan. I never met Jim's grandfather, though I did get to know Jim's dad John pretty well. I think you are correct that John senior had a sweet nature, or pleasing nature as you put it. Also had that very calming speaking voice. Either could have worked in radio.
We'd be most grateful if you could jot down some facts about Jim's folks and his people, and share it with us. Let me know if you can, and we'll get together by email. We know very little, and Betty is not able to speak about it.

Incidentally, I think Jim returned your favor about a favorite cousin, as he admired your lifestyle, with the barest hint of envy, and not a trace of jealousy.

Christopher Schiess

December 12, 2013

Tucson family, How did I forget that Jim was a Marine-must have come up a time or two. Reading your very well written obituary brought back fond memories. Jim most likely touched more folks in more good ways than we are able to know. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Christopher- Eugene [with lots of snow but 2 well furred animals to help keep me warm.

December 12, 2013

Betty, girls and family, With the passing of Jim the world has lost a great person. With his personality and gifts everyone was blessed. He was my favorite cousin because of his charm. Paula my wife, said she felt most comfortable of all the relatives around Jim and Betty. He had his grandfather's and father's pleasing nature.
Pete & Paula Bennett

December 11, 2013

Dear Aunt Betty, Lyle, Sarah, Beth, Alan, Carol and Glenn,

Jim's obituary is so beautifully written. I completely enjoyed reading about his life. I have enjoyed talking to you several times this week. Please know that all of you are in our
thoughts and prayers as you say good by to Jim.
Marti, John, Teresa and Ed

Kay Franklin

December 11, 2013

To the family of Jim Bennett. Jim was an exceptional man and Betty is an exceptional woman. Our paths often intertwined as many holidays and birthdays were spent together. Jim will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers go out to Jim's family during this difficult time. Beth, give your mom a kiss and a hug from me

Tom Schiess

December 11, 2013

Aunt Betty and Girls,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you from the Schiess's in Klamath Falls. Always enjoyed being with and spending time with Jim. I'm very thankful for the many times we spent together in Tucson and at the coast. The obituary was very nice to read and remind all of us what a pleasure Jim was to have as company.

Love Tom

Patti Woods

December 11, 2013

Betty, Lyle, Beth, Carol and your families,
What a wonderful obituary on Jim you captured our memories of him so well; brought me to tears. Although you are far away Jim and all of you always remain close in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Leo and Patti