• James Forbis

  • October 23, 1946 - April 08, 2018



James "Jim" Forbis

James “Jim” Michael Forbis was born on October 23rd, 1946 in Riverton, Wyoming.
Jim was the son of Robert and Celestial Forbis. He was raised with his siblings Mary and Tim in Wyoming. He spent his childhood enjoying the Wyoming wilderness with his extended family.
Time spent with his Grandfather, Jimmy O’Hara and Grandmother Attia O’Hara Baughn were his most treasured moments. In 1997, Jim published his grandmother's biography, Attia.
Jim was a great athlete in the sports of football and wrestling. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Wyoming for wrestling. He was the first person in his family to attend college. In the summers, Jim worked in the oilfields of Wyoming to pay for his college expenses. In 1969, Jim received a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
After graduating in 1969, Jim met Janice Harvey. The two married soon after and had three daughters, Tara, Robyn and Tess. Jim and Janice spent 34 years together raising their daughters in Boulder County, Colorado.
After working for the Public Service Company and Storage Tek for several years, he owned and managed 5 different  Engineering firms, where he designed and patented his own inventions.
His fifth business allowed him to retire, invest in real estate and buy his dream boat, a 47’ Hallberg Rasse who he affectionately named, Belle.
While visiting Maine, Jim met his second wife, Xiao Lan Yan, and the couple married in 2013. They enjoyed traveling the world together, including trips to Xiao Lan’s
Native, China.
Belle showed Jim a life of adventure. He fell in love with countries such as Tunisia, Syria and Morocco. He lived for extended periods in Malta, Ireland, Antigua, Spain and finally Portugal. He was a life long learner, studying Spanish, Italian, martial arts, drawing, and guitar. He also became a master scuba diver, and of course- a sea captain.
 Jim crossed the Atlantic Ocean alone twice. He documented one of the trips involving a 25 day passage, in his self-published book, A Solo Sailor. When not at sea, Jim loved to spend time with his grandchildren, Samuel Gallegos, Hana and Eiji de Queiroz and Gabriela and Natalia Sosa.
Jim passed away unexpectedly from Pneumonia in Lisbon, Portugal on April 8th, 2018. His wife and daughters were at his side.
Jim’s ashes were released by his family into the Cascais Bay of Portugal. His dearest friends steered his boat, Belle to and from his final destination.
In honor of Jim, donations may be made in his name to Ocean Conservancy at www.oceanconservancy.org