Jim passed away with his loving family by his side, on August 27, 2017.
He was a 27-year Flagstaff resident and business owner. Jim was born in Long Beach, California in 1935. After receiving his degree in Zoology and Chemistry from the University of California Los Angeles, he attended the UCLA School of Medicine where he specialized in Microbiology and Immunology.
His passion for diving and medicine were soon combined into his life’s careers. During his tenure as President and CEO of the College of Oceaneering, Jim developed diver training programs and curricula for law enforcement officers, researchers, scientific, military and commercial divers and diver medics. To support these programs he founded Best Publishing Company with his wife Susan, which eventually grew to become the world’s largest publisher of books, textbooks, and manuals related to all aspects of diving, hyperbaric medicine and wound care management. He proudly edited and published the NOAA Diving Manual and the U.S. Navy Diving Manual.
Widely recognized for his contributions to the health and safety of all divers and diving medicine worldwide, as well as hyperbaric medicine and wound care advancement, Jim received numerous awards, was inducted into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame, and formally recognized with a U.S.Congressional Award (99th Congress) for Outstanding Service and Contributions to Safety of Diving.
Nothing was more important to Jim than his family and he will always be remembered for his generosity, humility, patience, and wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan, and his children, James (Rachel), Nicholas (Brooke), Jules Biggerstaff (Thomas), Stacy L, and eight grandchildren, Isaiah, Jaden, Elijah, Simona, Josie, Isla, Nolan and Charlie all of Flagstaff; and sisters, Joan Amaral (Jim Thomas), Joette Waldon (Bob), Janice Munday (Jeff) and his brother John Joiner, plus a large extended family, which included many special nieces and nephews.
The family requests stories, photos or memories of Jim to be sent for keepsakes to firstname.lastname@example.org. His Memorial is planned for a later date.