Jim was born on July 10, 1965 in Cortez Colorado. After moving to Wyoming in 1970 with parents Edward and Shonna Hemphill, he attended a one-room school house at the Wyodak camp for one year to attend remaining elementary years in Rozet.
Jim was blessed with a sister Kimberle Hemphill in 1973. Jim attended Campbell County High School at which, during his high school years, he was active in 4H, High School Rodeo, FFA and started his working career at a Sheep Ranch south of Gillette.
Jim graduated high school in 1984. Following graduation he worked at a car wash and the Heptner Ranch, he then moved into doing what he loved, blowing stuff up!! He worked for Energetic Solutions, Nelson Brothers and his last adventure with Marathon Oil.
Jim was avid outdoorsman and enjoyed ranching, hunting, camping and rodeo. Later in life, Jim took up horse shoe art and became known as “Horse Shoe Jim”.
On April 18, 1992, Jim married Jami Clark of Moorcroft, Wyoming. They had two children, Courtney and Colby Hemphill.
In 1998, Jim was diagnosed with a brain tumor which was removed. In 2004, the tumor returned and was found to be cancerous when removed. This led to an experimental drug that allowed him to know and spend time with his five grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his mother Shonna Hemphill, sister Kimberle Hemphill, daughters Courtney and Colby Hemphill, nieces Jackilyn and Tobiera, grandchildern Tyson, Tayvin, Astoria, Zoey and Roxxi and aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his father Edward Hemphill, aunts and uncles.
The Hemphill family welcomes you to join them in a “Celebration of life” at Ruff’s Rozet Bar on July 7th, 2018 at 6 p.m.