Long-time Davis resident, James (Jim) Leland MacIntyre passed away at home on August 20, 2016. He was a patient of the UC Davis Health System hospice team since January.
Jim was born on Labor Day, September 4, 1933, the second of four sons, to John and Jean MacIntyre, in Detroit, Michigan. After his father's retirement in 1952, Jim moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where his interest in agriculture began. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Arizona State College in 1956. He was then stationed with the Army in Germany until 1958. Always a hard worker, Jim was the laboratory manager for the new U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix from 1958-1964. While there, he gained experience with the neutron soil moisture probe which monitors water status in crop production.
Jim married Linda on June 2, 1962. They moved to Tucson in 1964 to earn their Master's degrees at the University of Arizona. While in Tucson, they welcomed a son, Bill, and a daughter, Nancy.
In 1970, Jim completed his Master of Science degree in Agricultural Chemistry and Soils and began his career as a laboratory manager in the department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis. Always willing to help others, Jim especially enjoyed sharing his knowledge with students and colleagues. He and his family hosted many potluck parties for students from all over the world. Jim was proud to be selected as a short-term consultant with the United Nations Joint Agencies: Food and Agriculture and International Atomic Energy. He worked in Indonesia part of 1983, 1984, and 1985, and Ghana was his destination in 1986. After Jim's retirement in 1993, he worked independently for several companies in agricultural research, and also returned to UC Davis for projects.
Jim enjoyed traveling both near and far with Linda and their family, riding his bicycle, and experiencing nature, classical music and musical theater. He shared his love of books with his granddaughters, and enthusiastically introduced them to his favorite comic, "Calvin and Hobbes."
Jim is survived by Linda, his wife of 54 years, his son, Bill, and daughter Nancy (Tom), and granddaughters, Emily and Angelina. Three brothers, Charles, David (Charmayne), and Richard reside in Arizona. He will also be missed by his nieces and nephews and their families, cousins, as well as his Canadian aunt and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 116 D St., Davis, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.. A luncheon reception will follow in the Conference Room of the University Park Inn, Richards Blvd., Davis.
Celebration of Life
Monday, September 12, 2016
Smith Funeral Home - Davis
116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616