Jim passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Baton Rouge. He was 76, a native of Mississippi and longtime resident of Baton Rouge. Jim began his career as a geologist working in the oil fields. He soon became a savvy businessman, working as an automobile dealer. He then partnered with Shelley Beychok as a franchise owner/distributor of Pepsi-Cola products. His last business venture was owner of D'Spain Enterprises. The "Cheese," as he was called, was a friend to many, always sharing his good fortune. He loved a good time and traveled extensively with family and friends making sure all had fun. Often he would bring his children, their friends and his friends on various vacations trips to the Indy 500, New York, Las Vegas, Colorado, Cozumel and the British Virgin Islands. There were many hunting/fishing trips to the San Fernando Valley in Mexico, and later in Africa and Australia. To Jim, the more people around, the merrier the times. On occasion he was known to enjoy a taste of scotch. There were many memorable family times at the Pepsi Camp in Grand Isle, fishing, catching and cooking speckled trout and redfish. He will be remembered for his generosity with others. He is survived by sons, Lynn D'Spain, Perry D'Spain, and Glenn D'Spain and wife Erica; daughter, Sarah Jimenez and husband Jim; granddaughter, Catherine Johnson; former daughter-in-law, Jan Constantino; older brother, Howard D'Spain and wife Sara; two nephews, Mike and Glenn D'Spain; as well as loyal friends, "Magoo" and Stacy Bonnecaze. A special thanks to his daughter, Sarah, who presided over his care and saw to his needs for the last several years. Preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lillian D'Spain; former wife, Judith Perry D'Spain; and grandson, Kevin James D'Spain. A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian Church, Dalrymple Drive, Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
Published by The Advocate on May 18, 2010.