May 8, 2009
by WLJ

James T. Elings

J.T. Elings passed away in the arms of his beloved wife, Virginia Lee (Benoist), at Hospice House in Bend, OR, on Dec. 28, 2008. Jim and Ginger shared an extraordinary love and friendship which was obvious to all who knew them. Jim touched the lives of so many people with his great sense of humor, warmth, and honor, and he will be truly missed.

Born in Conrad, MT, June 11, 1919, he graduated from Moxee High, Yakima, WA, in 1937. After serving in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force through WWII and the Korean Conflict, Jim graduated from Oregon State College in Corvallis, OR, with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry. He was also a member of Alpha Zeta. In 1947, Jim began his career as an assistant county extension agent in Klamath County and then became the extension livestock specialist for central Oregon. In 1955, he accepted the position of extension animal specialist for the University of California in Davis, CA (UCD). He also served as farm advisor and county coordinator for Sacramento County, was a statewide beef specialist, and an energetic leader in California and national beef cattle activities.

After 18 years at UCD, Jim joined the genetics division of the Carnation Company in Hughson, CA. He was beef programs director, responsible for the direction and supervision of all beef programs, including selections, purchase or leasing of bulls for semen production for artificial insemination, progeny testing and performance evaluation of A.I. bulls, breeding systems design, and application of A.I. breeding for cattlemen involving international negotiations and travel.

Jim was technical director of California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, a result of his national reputation in the cattle industry. His contributions in the design of a complete computer program for the evaluation of beef cattle, his supervision of programs involving bull testing, cross-breeding, and genetic improvement were impressive. He was highly regarded as a cowman and judge, both for breeding stock and market animals, and was known for his work with the California Livestock Symposium since its founding. Jim authored more than 100 popular semi-technical articles and extension publications which have appeared in many agricultural magazines, including the Western Livestock Journal.

In 1977, Jim Elings, with friends Dick Jones and Wayne Phelps, formed Agricultural Industries, Inc. (AII), headquartered in West Sacramento, CA. AII is an “all-inclusive” ranch and farm management, real estate, appraisal, and consulting organization, one of the largest in California., Real estate clients included individuals, partnerships and corporations, both domestic and international, lending organizations, Stanford University, the UNOCAL Corporation, and AnheuserBusch, Inc. Jim was a coowner and executive vice president until he retired in 1997. AII, under new ownership, still thrives today.

J.T. Elings was a Lifetime Charter Member of the National WWII Memorial “Tribute to a Generation” and was a WWII Honoree. He was also a member of many service, technical and social organizations.

Jim is survived by his wife, Virginia Lee (Bend, OR); his daughters, Linda Miller (Bend, OR), Rebecca Avery- Clair and husband, Alan (Naples,FL), and Rebecca Lynn McCartney (Redwood Valley, CA). Jim was dearly loved and will be missed by his grandchildren, Angela Balboa and husband, Jessie (Houston, TX); Amanda Ardill and husband , John (Abu Dhabi, UAE); Nadja Schmidt (Bend, OR); great-grandchildren, Breana Lee Miller (Bend, OR); and Jesse A Balboa (Houston, TX); and his many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dear grandson, Oran Lee Miller Jr., his brother, Richard, and his sister, Ruthie.

G. J. “Buzz” Parkhill

Services for G. J. “Buzz” Parkhill, Jr., 88, of Crosbyton, TX, were held April 22, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Crosbyton. Masonic graveside rites were held in the Crosbyton Cemetery. Buzz passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009 at his home in Crosbyton.

He was born December 24, 1920, in Merit to the late G. J. Parkhill, Sr. and Nettie Murray Parkhill. On August 26, 1945, he married Jean Marie Stapleton in Orlando, FL. She preceded him in death, Oct. 25, 1992. He moved to Crosbyton in 1951 and was a member of the Crosbyton First Baptist Church where he was in the Downtown Bible Class. He was a member of the Crosbyton Masonic Lodge #1020, the York Rite, Scottish Rite and the Khiva Shrine for 60 years.

He was a charter member of both the Khiva Shrine in Lubbock and the Scottish Rite in Lubbock. Buzz served as chairman of the A.S.C. county committee for 15 years and was on the president’s board at Texas Tech. Buzz also served in the Army Air Force as a B-24 pilot during WWII. He is preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd, Clarence and Dale Parkhill and one sister, Geraldine Hawkins. Survivors include a son and his wife, Jim and Mary Parkhill of Idalou; a daughter, Cherie Parkhill of Lubbock; a sister, Christine Mosley of Wolfforth; and four grandchildren, Brandon Hartsell, Colby Hartsell, Paige Parkhill and C. J. Parkhill. The family suggests memorials to the Crosbyton Sr. Citizens.