James B. Neilson

March 21, 1941February 22, 2016

James B. Neilson of Thousand Oaks passed away on February 22, 2016 at his home surrounded by his wife and daughters after a long-fought battle with cancer. Jim was born on March 21, 1941 in Salt Lake City, UT to James and Rena Neilson. He spent his childhood there and graduated from Granite High School. Jim attended the University of Utah and completed a degree in Economics. Jim taught Government, U.S. History and Economics at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, ID from 1964-1970. During that time he also served as the varsity basketball and baseball coach. In November 1970, Jim entered the FBI as a Special Agent. He spent the majority of his career at the Los Angeles Field Office and retired in October 1999. Jim held various assignments within the Bureau and truly loved being an FBI agent. Jim still had a passion for coaching and spent his free time volunteering as a basketball coach for St. Bernardine Catholic School in Woodland Hills. After retirement, Jim conducted background investigations for the federal government under the business name of James B. Neilson and Associates. He also taught part-time in the Criminal Justice Program at Ventura Community College and at the Ventura County Police & Sheriff's Reserve Officer Academy. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of the Desert Refuge for Peace Officers and Military Personnel near Joshua Tree, California. Jim’s favorite retirement activity was serving as a docent for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, where he dedicated over 5500 hours of volunteer work. He held various offices on the Museum’s Volunteer Council, including president for two years. Jim also served as a Board member for the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library. Throughout his life Jim had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed shooting black powder guns and attending Mountain Men Rendezvous. He was an avid reader. He gave presentations in the community about Presidents and First Ladies and spent many hours researching and writing about them. He also loved playing the piano and the accordion, woodworking, stained glass making, stamp and coin collecting. Jim is survived by his wife Sue; his daughters Andrea (Kent) Niehenke of Moscow, ID and their children Collin, Camille, and Paige; Debra (Jake) Bell of Meridian, ID and their children Nicholas and Corina; his brother Leonard (Angela) of Salt Lake City, UT; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his daughter Stacy Marie. Jim’s family wishes to thank Dr. Steven Suchman and the VITAS Hospice Care staff who provided an extraordinary amount of compassionate care to Jim during his final days. A service for Jim will be held at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village on Feb. 27 at 10:00 am. Burial will take place in Salt Lake City, UT. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice in Jim’s honor. Condolences may be left on Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Mortuary online guest book at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 27, 2016
  • Reception Saturday, February 27, 2016

James B. Neilson

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Maureen Anderson-Borosky

August 8, 2016

We just heard of Jim's passing, and send our sympathies to Sue and the family. I have such great memories of Jim and know he's in Heaven watching down on all of us. Much Love from the Borosky's, Gary, Maureen (Anderson) and Jake

Anita Espinoza Kelsey

March 16, 2016

We lived 2 doors down from the Neilson's in Woodland Hills in the 70's. As a young girl I remember Jim coming over and visiting with my dad and telling his captivating stories, especially being at the Patty Hurst shoot out in 1974. He was such a great story teller and a very kind man. Once I even had the pleasure of going to a Ram football game at the Coliseum with Jim and my father, what a fun day! Rest in peace Jim, and enjoy sharing more stories with my dad John in heaven.

James Neilson

February 27, 2016

I had a really nice visit over the phone with my "cousin" Jimmy not too long ago. Instantly I remember his voice sounding like a "Neilson". Jim was very kind and really seemed delighted that I called. (He said my information will give him something to talk about next time he has coffee with the guys) Jim was so very helpful and gave me great advise. I am sure his memories will live forever in your hearts. With Thoughts & Prayers Pamela (LaVerne Neilson's daughter)


February 26, 2016

Thank you always for your kindness and compassion. May you rest in peace, sir.

Keith Kramis

February 26, 2016

Jim was a home-room overseer, teacher and coach back in 1965. He was a kind and gentle man. Never harsh or mean spirited. Many teachers, coaches and mentors were quite the opposite. Jim was a supporting, encouraging, caring and loving man. Thank you Jim from all of your students and friends at Bishop Kelly High School - class of 1965

Mark Chulack

February 26, 2016

"Jim has most certainly made it on to my very short list of men for whom I have much respect and admiration. I have enjoyed our talks about sports and woodworking as he passed my home to walk his dogs so many times over the past several years. He has modeled for us what it looks like to fight a good fight with dignity. We need look no farther to find a man of true integrity. "

Jim and Patti Hamill

February 25, 2016

Remembering wonderful memories of your Dad and your family. So sorry for your loss.

Jeanne James

February 25, 2016

Jim was a wonderful supervisor and a truly great guy to work for. He was fun and upbeat. Our whole squad loved him. If anyone could make the Bank Fraud and Embezzlement squad a top squad it was him. We loved his stories and quirky sense of humor. He was patient and kind and a remarkable teacher for new people. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

February 25, 2016

Jim, you were one of the best men I have known. We had great times and lots of laughs at the Reagan Library. I especially enjoyed our time together on the Volunteer Council, you as President and me as First Vice President.
Jean Luttringer, Simi Valley, Ca

Halli Prior Pedersen

February 24, 2016

Love to you Debra, Andrea, and your families.