James “Jim” Emmett Burnett Burlin, 68, of Tulsa, OK died on Wednesday, January 16th. Jim was born on May 19th, 1944 in Sacramento, California to Willie and Lenora “Lynn” Burlin.
Jim spent his youth in Lake Tahoe, Nevada where he loved the outdoors and snow skiing. Later, he joined the United States Navy where he served as an aircraft fireman. After his time in the military, he moved to Palm Springs, California where he worked as a Chauffer for Avis Car Rental. This was during the heyday of Palm Springs, so he met many stars of that time. Later, he moved to Chouteau, Oklahoma where he met Jaynell Stimson and they were married on January 2nd, 1974. Jim and Jaynell recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. Jim enjoyed driving the big rigs as a truck driver and won many safety awards for his accident-free four million miles, and medals in the state driving competitions. Upon his retirement, they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near their granddaughter.
Jim loved God, family, Sooner football, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Nascar racing, old Westerns and Sci Fi, video games, fishing and hunting. He looked back fondly on the many hunting trips he had with his brother, brother-in-laws, and nephews. He liked to say that he might have been a “prune picker” from California but he was still an Okie.
Surviving with his wife is daughter, Janine, and her daughter Jaylin Burlin. Also surviving is his brother Charles Burlin and his wife Leota, brother David Burlin and his wife Ellen, sister Diana Erlitz and her husband Frank and his late brother Dennis Miggletto’s wife Nita. Along with his brother, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, twin daughter Janet Lynn Burlin and his grandmother Lydia “Toby” Bradley.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, January 21st at 1:00pm in the chapel at the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa under the direction of the Cremation Society of Oklahoma. The Rev. Elaine H. Cervini and Rev. Scott Stimson, Sr. will be officiating.