ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jim Tillinghast. Please share condolences, memories, photos, and stories of Jim so we can remember him always. 

A memorial service will be held on May 1, 2021, at 2:00 pm at Lake Travis United Methodist Church, Ranch Road 620 North, Lakeway, Texas 78734. Rev. Scott Heare will be presiding.

The service will be livestreamed. If you would like to attend online, contact Patty Highland, patty.highland@ltumc.org, the week of the service to receive the link.


Sympathy cards for Jim's family may be sent to:
Lanelle Montgomery
15502 Pescado Circle
Austin, TX 78734
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:
The Tech Ministry at Lake Travis United Methodist Church
ltumc.org/give

The AYC Fund at the Austin Yacht Club
austinyachtclub.net/ayc-fund



Posted by James Buckley on April 16, 2021
Jim was a good man. He truly cared for others as if they were family. He will be missed and remembered.

So long pal! Safe journey!
Posted by Kenneth Hamilton on April 16, 2021
Jim's tenure at CMIT nearly parallel's mine. Getting to know him, talking with him on the phone, seeing him at conventions it was always a comfort to speak to Jim. Never a harsh word on anyone else, always a calm demeanor and the knack for providing good solid advice. The CMIT Team has lost a great coach and friend.

God speed to you, James Tillinghast!
Posted by Steve Gray on April 15, 2021
I will certainly miss Jim. Jim was my coach and I owe my success at CMIT in large part to Jim. Even though I no longer needed a coach Jim and I always had our weekly calls. I looked forward to each call with Jim. He always had excellent words of advice and wisdom for me. Rest in Peace Jim! I will certainly miss you!
Posted by Nick LaRosa on April 15, 2021
Jim was responsible for our initial training nine years ago as well as coaching us through the Business Development Accountability Group sessions. He was a wonderful mentor and friend. He loved sailing and spoke of it often in our conversations. Shelly and I recently decided to learn how to sail and will be checking out a sailing school in June. I was excited to tell Jim about it at this years convention. Now I suppose he already knows! God Bless you Jim, you will be missed.
Nick and Shelly
Posted by Marilyn Cobb on April 15, 2021
Jim modeled faithful Christian service for all us. He was a blessing to so many people. I pray for comfort and peace for his loved ones.
Marilyn Cobb
Posted by Ravi Badge on April 13, 2021
Someone so special like Jim can never be forgotten. Thanks, Jim, I appreciate everything you have done for me. Our last discussion from December 2020 and your message will always stay with me - [12/6/20 11:53 PM] James Tillinghast -->   Ravi - Great news! Call me if I can help you regarding the Assessment questions. This is the most important stage of the sales process!

Once again, Thank you for all your coaching.

RIP Jim.
Posted by Tom Burtzlaff on April 10, 2021
My decade as a CMIT business owner almost exactly overlapped Jim’s time there as a coach and trainer. I thoroughly enjoyed all my many interactions with him and considered him a good friend and mentor. Jim’s thoughtful guidance and wisdom was key to my personal success in the difficult task of starting, growing, and selling a small business. He made such a positive difference in the lives of those around him. Rest In Peace after a life well lived.
Posted by Cary Boddeker on April 8, 2021
I will really miss my friend. We had a fun time working at the church.


Leave a Tribute

 
Recent Tributes
Posted by James Buckley on April 16, 2021
Jim was a good man. He truly cared for others as if they were family. He will be missed and remembered.

So long pal! Safe journey!
Posted by Kenneth Hamilton on April 16, 2021
Jim's tenure at CMIT nearly parallel's mine. Getting to know him, talking with him on the phone, seeing him at conventions it was always a comfort to speak to Jim. Never a harsh word on anyone else, always a calm demeanor and the knack for providing good solid advice. The CMIT Team has lost a great coach and friend.

God speed to you, James Tillinghast!
Posted by Steve Gray on April 15, 2021
I will certainly miss Jim. Jim was my coach and I owe my success at CMIT in large part to Jim. Even though I no longer needed a coach Jim and I always had our weekly calls. I looked forward to each call with Jim. He always had excellent words of advice and wisdom for me. Rest in Peace Jim! I will certainly miss you!
his Life

Obituary - James "Jim" A. Tillinghast

James A. Tillinghast
January 9, 1943 – April 1, 2021

James A. Tillinghast, 78, passed away in the early morning on April 1, 2021, in Austin following a short illness.

Jim was born January 9, 1943, to Harry S. Tillinghast and Virginia A. Odenweller Tillinghast in Atlanta, Georgia. His family moved to Garland, Texas, in 1956, and he graduated from Garland High School in 1961. At the University of Texas at Austin, he earned a BS in Business in 1965 and an MBA in 1968.

While in graduate school, he worked in London for a summer with an international company where he became friends with people from diverse nationalities. This experience was the beginning of his love of travel and getting to know and understand people in various cultures.

Also while still in graduate school, the dean recommended Jim to a young Austin high tech firm, MRI. Jim was among MRI’s first employees. He left MRI to serve in the U. S. Navy, where he was a systems analyst in Norfolk, Virginia. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to MRI, where he worked until the company was acquired by Intel in 1979.

“Jim was terrific at creating sound working relationships between MRI and customer or partner companies,“ Bob Brueck, co-founder of MRI, wrote recently to Jim’s family. “In particular, he supervised the establishment of the first major Service Bureau customer of MRI in the early days when that was a key to survival of the company.”

He continued to work at Intel until joining Digital Research, the pioneer in PC Operating Systems, in 1982. He went on to work at seven other high-tech companies, including, Illustra, Informix, SupportSoft, Relativity Technologies, and CMIT Solutions, an Austin-based provider of IT support services for businesses, where he worked at the time of his death.

Jim was always active in his spare time. As a youngster, he enjoyed scouting and hunting with his father and brother. He played football in high school. He received his private pilot’s license in 1967. He enjoyed home wine and beer making. While in the Navy, he became very interested in sailing and his love for the sport continued for the rest of his life. He was a member of the Austin Yacht Club off and on beginning in the late 60’s. He raced off-shore in California and was, until recently, an active racer on Lake Travis. In 2011, he became Commodore of the Austin Yacht Club and continued to be involved in various committees until the time of his death.

More recently, he found a new passion in working at their property in the Texas Hill Country, fondly known as “the ranch.” He particularly loved projects that required using the tractor. And he got much pleasure from working on building the ranch’s two cabins.

Jim is survived by his best friend and life partner, Lanelle Montgomery; his children Michael Tillinghast and Catherine Tillinghast and her husband Jack Urquizu; his surrogate son, Ryan Harden, and his family; his brother Jay Tillinghast and sister, Ann Kirk; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Heart Hospital of Austin for the loving care they provided to both Jim and Lanelle during his last days.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either of two passions Jim enjoyed immensely: the Technology Ministry of the Lake Travis United Methodist Church, (ltumc.org), or the AYC Fund at the Austin Yacht Club, (austinyachtclub.net/ayc-fund).

In-person services to celebrate his life will be conducted at the Lake Travis United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 2:00 pm. Masks will be required and social distancing observed. The service will also be live-streamed; contact Patty Highland, patty.highland@ltumc.org, to receive the link to watch online.

Recent stories