James Nathan "Jim" Day (1943 - 2018)

  • "What an amazing human being. I miss his smile and kindness..."
    - Laura Belknap Calley
  • "Condolences to Cherry, Nick & family. We'll miss our dear..."
    - Ken Struthers
  • "Farewell, Jim, my friend and TWU colleague. It was a..."
    - David Marshall
  • "Will miss seeing Jim at Noon notes and pre-concert talks,..."
    - Richard Lee
  • "My condolences to the family of James Day. Please find..."
    - Elias

We celebrate the life of Jim (James Nathan) Day upon his unexpected passing at the age of 74 on March 3, 2018 in Whitehouse, TX. He was born May 13th, 1943 unto J.T. Day, Jr. and Inez (Purifoy) Day Wright in Texarkana, AR. A private memorial will be held at future date, but condolences can be directed to the Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Bullard, TX. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Center for Science Education in his honor.

Jim earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from LSU and went on to serve as Professor at TWU from 1970-2001. He was a past Chair of the Department of Psychology and Philosophy, author of numerous publications in his field, and directed many dissertations and theses over his career. After retirement from academia in 2001, he turned his attention to artistic endeavors, extensive study of flora and fauna of Smith County, and genetic development of daylilies. He became a museum quality wood carver and bronze sculptor and a patron and promoter for the arts in the Tyler area. His most recent passion was becoming proficient on the banjo and bluegrass music.

We fondly remember his love of the outdoors and how he was inspired by the beauty of nature that led him to ornithology, backpacking, and landscape photography. He also adored flight which he enjoyed by piloting gliders, RC aircraft, and parachuting in his youth. Jim is recalled as a strong man who shared his kindness, and jovial attitude toward life with others. Being a natural teacher, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge, interests, and passions. He valued people and enjoyed listening intently to their stories. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Cherry, his son Nick Day (Jennifer) and their children Isla Day and Owen Day, his stepdaughter Christine Casten (John) and their children Sierra Casten and Cole Casten, his brother James Dennis Day, and his niece and nephews. We will all be forever less for his loss and blessed by his contributions to our lives and our world.
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Bullard, TX 75757
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 7, 2018
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