The shooting, hunting, and outdoor sports world has lost one of its best. Jim Clawson passed away on January 31, 2013. Here is a link to Jim’s full obituary as published in the Missoulian.
I first met Jim in the mid 1980’s. Jim was a tall man, extremely fit, and refreshingly honest. I always enjoyed conversations with him. It was really easy to know where Jim stood on an issue. Jim was a world class trap shooter, an ardent and passionate hunter, a man of faith, a man of innumerable friends, and most importantly, a wonderful husband and father.
Our shooting community and the Missoula Trap and Skeet Club will never quite be the same without Jim. I know I will miss the big grin that he always met me with; our impromptu chats about family, friends, occasionally politics, and of course shotguns.
Jim’s candor and passion always made me feel better about our world, and now our world will be a little bit emptier without Jim Clawson. I’m sure I speak for many of us; Jim will be sorely missed.
“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.” William Butler Yeats
(Written by Steve Sautter aka Colonel Smoothbore)