James 'Jim' McCarty Sloan

Oct 16, 2012 Staff

James "Jim" McCarty Sloan, of Lander, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Murray, Utah, after a brain aneurysm suffered while helping his lifelong friend, Bill Brill, harvest one of the biggest elk the two of them had ever seen. With his passion for hunting, camping and fishing with his friends and family, this fulfilled his expressed desire as "the best way to go." He was 69 years old.

A celebration of life will be in July 2013 at the ranch he loved. Specific details will be posted at a later date.

James McCarty Sloan was born Feb. 26, 1943, to Geraldine and Howard Sloan in Monterey Park, Calif. He, his older sister, Peggy, and their parents moved to Paradise, Calif., when he was just a boy. In his freshman year, the family moved to Chico, Calif., where he graduated from Chico High School in 1961.

Mr. Sloan was serving in the National Guard when he met his wife, Connie John, of Orland, Calif. Their 50th wedding anniversary will be Jan. 12, 2013. After their marriage, they did farm and ranch work in Orland, Calif., while he also worked on drilling rigs with his father-in-law, Herman John.

In 1966, Mr. Sloan joined Pacific Gas & Electric Company where he worked for 29 years in Caribou, Calif., and Manton, Calif. The couple's first child, Kevin, arrived in 1963 and daughter, Coleen, was born in 1971.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Sloan met Bill Brill at PG&E, and although Mr. Brill was his supervisor, they became inseparable hunting friends. On one of their adventures, they visited a llama ranch in Sisters, Ore., looking for pack animals to help them carry their hunting harvest from the mountains. With an initial purchase of three breeding females, they began a successful 31-year partnership, first known as Lassen Llamas, then Wyoming Llamas.

In 1993, the Sloans and Mr. Brill purchased a Wyoming ranch where they produced more than 300 llamas for packing, breeding and showing. With the philosophy of "foundation first," the trio's herd was renowned for both conformation and beauty. They also had a thriving custom hay business providing hay for their llamas and the surrounding horse community.

After leaving California and the life they had always known, Wyoming became the Sloans' new home, which has sustained them for 19 happy, wonderful years. Mr. Sloan considered the Lander ranch his true home, though he made countless trips to visit family and friends back in California.

His family said he spent many happy times fishing, hunting and camping with his family. He also enjoyed motorcycle racing and loved having a huge garden each year.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Sloan; son Kevin Sloan and his wife Marie; daughter Coleen Stewart and her husband Trevor; and grandchildren Korey and Tavin Sloan and Caitlin and Ryan Stewart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

The family wishes to thank the emergency responders and hospital staff in Murray, Utah, who assisted Jim and the family during a difficult time. Their compassion was truly appreciated.

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