James Colovin

James Thomas Colovin

Tuesday, June 30th, 1942 - Saturday, December 1st, 2018
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Early in the morning of December 1, 2018, Jim went home to be with the Lord and all of his many four legged fur babies he's loved throughout the years. He was born James Thomas Colovin on June 30, 1942 to Charles and Bea Colovin in Missouri where he grew up loving animals. He left Missouri to proudly serve his country from 1961-1965 in the United States Air Force where he was in the 8th Bomb Squad, Kunsan, AB as a crew chief on a B57, Canberra. He told every pilot who flew in his plane they would always be safe-and they were. He later rekindled his love of animals and became an animal trainer for film and television where he developed several methods of training that benefited the animals and the filming of animals. Such techniques such as looking at an actor directly in the eye or working an animal from behind for film angles have forever changed the animal training industry. In 1975 as he was beginning his animal training career, he met Joy Colovin at Sands Bowling Alley. They married in 1981. The love they had for each other was immeasurable. To say they had an amazing, happy, loving, wonderful, devoted life would be an understatement. Jim was such a creative person-an accomplished writer, singer and photographer. He loved sparking a conversation with strangers and talking with people in general. People always enjoyed talking to Jim and walked away happier and more encouraged after talking with him. He loved walking and photographing daily at Apollo Park with his wife and loved visiting, having breakfast and photographing at Fox Field daily as well. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joy, his daughter Belinda Colovin (and Pete Burnichas), his daughter Tina Colovin-Hu (and Michael), his step-daughter Laura Habner (and Judi Smith), and his step-daughter Joann Habner, his sister, Carolyn Roedel and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be held Monday, December 10th from 10:00-11:00 at Halley-Olsen-Murphy located at 44831 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. A short graveside service will follow at Joshua Memorial Cemetery 808 E. Lancaster Blvd.
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  • Service

    Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 10:00am
    Monday, December 10th, 2018 10:00am
    Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals & Cremations
    44831 N. Cedar Ave.
    LANCASTER, CA 93534
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  • Interment

    Joshua Memorial Park
    808 E. Lancaster Blvd.
    LANCASTER, CA 93535
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Posted at 05:23am
My sincerest condolences to the Colovin's Family for your loss of a dear loved one. A loss of this type is always very difficult for both the family and friends, but God's word offers the grand hope of a resurrection to life again. Jesus Christ said, "Do not be amazed at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". God's word extends to all the wonderful promise of a resurrection to a better life! John 5: 28-29 Learn more about this resurrection at JW.ORG

Carole Kelly

Posted at 01:43am
My heart was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I learned a lot about dog training from him.
My thoughts are with you Joy.
Carole Kelly

Laura Habner

Posted at 02:10pm
Dear Dad,

Our time together was far too short. Thank you for always sharing your words of wisdom. It certainly made up for our lost years. You were my inspiration in many ways and I appreciate you. It helped to shape my life during impressionable years! I will miss our conversations. It’s the little caring things we say and do when we love someone.

I saw a kind and gentle man who loved MORE THAN ANYTHING, his lovely wife JOY. A godly man that was passionate about animals and the fight for animal freedom and rights, nature and love of his country, his flag!

From one veteran to another, I love you dad and I’m proud of you. Although we can’t be there in presence, WE ARE THERE IN HEART.

Goodbye Dad, my inspirational hero!

Love, your daughter,

Laura (buckey)

PS - you will always live on in my heart!

Tina Colovin-Hu

Posted at 01:53pm

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I will never forget the compassion and love in his eyes everytime he looked at you. Dad was a very good, kind hearted, loving man who could do no evil in this world. He will be greatly missed by all.

As his daughter, I feel sad we were not closer in distance. The distance changed nothing in my heart. I will always love Dad and cherrish the moments we did had together.

God Bless! Prayers. ❤️

LeeRoy Halley

Posted at 01:14am
Sorry I can't be there for the service as I will be out of town. Your are in good hands.

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Enjoying lunch with Jim and Joy 9/2016 on a trip to the AV. We shared many stories and laughs.
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