James "Jimbo" Young
  • 45 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 13, 1970
  • Date of passing: Jun 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Jimbo!

March 13th is Bo B-day. His sense of humor love of music and the in which he embraced everyone with love will be forever missed.

Early on the morning of June 30, 2015, James “Jimbo” Young lost his battle with uveal melanoma. Though we lost a dear husband, son, brother, friend, colleague and adored family member, we know he parted from us in a happy spirit--so many loved ones had the chance to celebrate with him in the last months and weeks of his life.

It would be very meaningful to the family for you to post your favorite photos and videos of Jim, contribute stories, and share your thoughts and love with us. You can also add special songs in honor of his devotion to music.

 In lieu of sending flowers, the family has asked that cotributions be made to the James "Jimbo" Young School of Contemporary Music at The Discovery Preparatory School. The profound influence of jazz, rock and blues music on Jimbo 's life--and the lives of all with whom he interacted--will live on through the passionate engagement of young musicians in Bo's name. The Discovery Prep School is honored to be a part of Jimbo's legacy.

Donations for school of music scholarships can be made be clicking 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jenny Challe on 1st July 2016

"Dear Alison, I am thinking of you always, but especially this week.  I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jim, if he came to Costa Rica it would have been many years ago.  But I do realize that he was one of a kind and I congratulate you on the person that you are and the way you shaped him.  Dear Alison, I didn't know Jim, but I do know you, my thoughts are with you and I take this oportunity to remind you that you too are one of a kind: strong, an inspiration to all, your love of life, your laughter,  your amazing vitality are very much admired.  I hope the stars will take away your sandness, may hope forever wipe away your tears and above all the love of those around you  make you stronger, secure in the knowledge  you are very well loved and through you we also love your family."

This tribute was added by Ryan Burroughs on 13th February 2016

"Missing you on your birthday Jimbo... You are always in our thoughts kind sir. Love and miss you so much Homie G. -Ryan and Kate Burroughs"

This tribute was added by Joan Ford on 13th February 2016

"Jim's birthday is today FEBRUARY 13.  Jim is with us every day as we have a picture of him in 2 places we spend time in every day.  The pictures of Jim as a kid are the ones we best visualize him but we were glad to be able to spend some time with the little boy all grown up.  His memory is strong in our hearts!!  Love, Joan and Bill Ford"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Spidal on 12th September 2015

"I was a great friend of Jim's in his New York days, prior to his move to the west coast. I just found out about his passing and wish I knew him past 9th grade.
I'll always remember the fun we had with Intellivision, staying up so late to see SNL, all the good times playing soccer, spying on the High School senior girls next door, and of course, the music.  He introduced me to my favorites band of all time (Van Halen) and the joy of guitar solos. (Not his at that age though"

This tribute was added by Tom Salamon on 11th September 2015

"Jim (Jimmy!) and I were best friends from 12-14, before he left for California.  We lost touch and over the years I'd tried many times to track him down, but to no avail (too many Jim Youngs out there).  Today I learned of his death, and I'm heartbroken.  I feel like I've finally found my long lost pal and he's gone.  I wish I could be kicking around old stories with him.

We played in our first band together.  We had to have been 14, because it was definitely in 1984, and of course I know that because that was when the Van Halen album came out, and he was obsessed with Van Halen.  My parents wouldn't let me go to the concert, but he went and gave me every detail the next day.  We were both just learning guitar, he had started a few months before me and would show me stuff.  We were TERRIBLE, but it was the most fun ever, kids dreaming of being rock stars.  I'm so glad he went on to have a life with music, as did I.  

I wish I'd been able to know him over the years.  I'm glad to be reading all the warm stories everyone's sharing here."

This tribute was added by David Young on 11th July 2015

"Jim was always laughing and playing music.  I have a lot of memories of him and they all involve a smile and a tune."

This tribute was added by David Jackson on 10th July 2015


You left us with great memories. In the end, that is all we can ever ask for when we depart; Love and memories.

Two of the memories immediately stick out in my mind. The first was playing you in tennis for the first time back in 1998 in Huntington Beach. I had never picked up a racket before (but I spoke a big game). Upon playing, you immediately realized that I sucked. You then laughed out loud but then began to help me with my game. I never really said thank you for your patience with me. The second was on Clint's bachelor party. Both of us brought our guitars camping and, again, I just learned how to play. You were again patient with me and taught me a riff to play in the background while you rocked it. These were very insignificant acts for someone watching from the outside. But very powerful for me who was the student on the inside.

Thank you Jim for your time and patience with me."

This tribute was added by Ryan Burroughs on 7th July 2015

"Jimbo, you were a rock in our family, maybe because you had to be,  but you took it as a challenge. You're philosophy of conflict resolution mixed with a little man law made way for a new enlightenment. You kept things simple, always spoke from the heart, and really made a difference. I commend you for your selflessness, and applaud you for your humanity. You've had a severe impact on my life and I respect you for making the hard decisions you've made. You will always be family to me, and you shall live on through my actions, dictated by a mind that holds your positive reactions to hard problems very close to my heart. Thank you sir. I love you man, always will."

This tribute was added by Joan Ford on 6th July 2015

"Jim is a star that appeared long ago in our galaxy, and that star will always shine for us.  Bill and Joan Ford"

This tribute was added by Dan Bender on 3rd July 2015

"Hi Jim, I was taking my early morning walk and gravity was directing me to the Venice Beach pier. I was thinking of you and the coming July 4th, along with the freedom it represents for us here, and for those beyond. While doing this I took a few pictures and the last one I felt was a kindred spirit so it is what I am giving to you.

I knew you for a couple decades through family, friends, fans, and fairways with your spirit for life always present. Your job at Cypress Golf Club was a good 'deal' for many of us, however your spirit for life was a very good deal for all.

Keep teeing it up Jimbo...this Bud's for you!

Thanks, Dan Bender"

This tribute was added by Jenny Challe on 3rd July 2015

"I didn't have the priviledge to know Jim, but I know he was a very special person, it would have been wonderful to have shared a bit of the path with him, but it was not to be.  I light candle for him and for the family he loved so well.  I think that this is something that Jim might send:  It is especially for Alison and Doah:

When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not here to see,
If the sun should rise and find your
eyes filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things
we didn't get to share.

I known how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

When tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right there in your heart.

With all my love,

This tribute was added by Wendy Leberman on 3rd July 2015

"You will be missed but never forgotten, especially all the love and laughter.  Forever my brother.  XXOO"

This tribute was added by Tom Bilek on 3rd July 2015

"I got to experience Bo's first trip to Vegas, Notre Dame vs. USC, late night wakeup calls and unfortunately Clint's poor placement of his socks and watch. Great guy who will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Margo Bender on 3rd July 2015

"At Clint and Mandy's wedding Jim told the worst/ funniest story about an inappropriate watch placement.  As the grooms mom I was so shocked. Over the years that story has had me repeatedly laughing.  Memories !!"

This tribute was added by Clint Davis on 2nd July 2015

"My Man! Bo, you rocked my world over and over again. Thanks for all the love and laughter."

This tribute was added by David Ford on 30th June 2015

"So many wonderful memories will keep Jim alive to me forever"

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Alison Young
Clint Davis
Doah Burroughs
David Ford


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