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James N. Palen

Posted 2018-06-12 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, p. A-3

James N. Palen
Dec. 5, 1933 - May 16, 2018

James N. "Jim" Palen, age 84, passed away May 16, in Goodyear. Jim was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Scott City, Kan., one of six children. He attended schools there and left home at an early age to pursue his dream of working as a cowboy. He worked for Benny Binion at the Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas, Nev., for a time and later operated ranches in the northern Nevada for the Hyatt Corporation. At one time he worked as a stunt double for Clark Gable and provided the livestock for the movie "The Misfits". Jim later made his way north to Idaho where he purchased a livestock sale yard in Burley, Idaho. During this time he owned and operated a trucking company hauling livestock in the northern area and into Canada. Jim was a licensed pilot and had been active in rodeo for a time. He came to Arizona some 25 years ago and purchased the "7 Lakes" Ranch in the Harquahala Valley. He attended the Aguila Community Church. Jim would be remembered as a "Cowboy's Cowboy".He knew the livestock and ranching trade and was good at what he did. Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother L. F. and Estelle Palen; sister Lucille Fetsch; brothers Bud Palen and Larry Palen. He is survived by his sisters Pat Sibbett of North Glenn, Colo., and Karen Deslongchamp of Norman, Okla.; and a brother Sam Palen of Belize.

Graveside services were held on May 25, 2018 at the Eagle Eye Cemetery in Aguila. Friends may offer online condolences at Arrangements were under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory.

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