In Memory of Jim West


We would like to take a moment to express our great sorrow for the passing of a very special individual from within the model horse hobby community, Jim West. We've learned that Jim passed away Monday morning of a sudden and unexpected heart attack.

We also want to thank NAMHSA for their lovely tribute to Jim and his friends and family, as well as share it with you...

In Memory of Jim West

Jim West was our faithful and fearless NAN Registrar from 2011 to 2015, as well as a local treasure in his home Region 3. Jim was one of the hobby's most dedicated volunteers, spending countless hours working with the NAN Committee, verifying NAN entries and cards, answering entrant questions, compiling results, and more. No matter the tireless (and sometimes thankless) hours, Jim always had a wicked sense of humor and a fun-loving attitude.

Jim was best known for being not only kind, charming, witty, and fiercely intelligent, but also as the king of all things geeky. He loved astronomy, computer programming, wearing kilts, building intricate LEGO creations, and everything Sci-Fi. His enthusiasm for the model horse hobby was inspired by his girlfriend, Vicky Kitzman, and wanting to share in her passion. Over the years, Jim collected a model horse herd of his own, featuring blue decorator models. In addition to Vicky, Jim is survived by his three children, Kyle, Adam, and Hannah, all of whom he loved dearly. He also leaves in his absence a hobby community in mourning, and countless friends who will miss him terribly.
Our hearts go out to Jim's family and friends.


Jim West






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BreyerLover2222 Says:
06/09/2016 at 1:35 pm

Thank you, Jim West! you will always be remembered!

Deb Says:
10/15/2015 at 1:14 pm

Jim, you were one in a million!

This was heartbreaking news for all of us in the hobby. Jim was so patient with all of my NAN entry questions, even the ones I'm sure he'd answered countless times. He was a treasure and will be sorely missed.

Kristin Says:
10/15/2015 at 11:51 am

Thank You, JIM!

For all you did for NAN and NAMHSA. This hobby is full of wonderful and unique people. So sad to lose you so soon.

JumperGirl13 Says:
10/15/2015 at 8:04 am

So Sad

Even though I never knew him, he will always be remembered. :-(

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