James Edward England passed away on April 18, 2012. He was born Feb. 21, 1946, in Springfield, the son of Jack and Willodean Dunlap England. He received his early education in Tulsa, Okla., and joined the U.S. Navy in 1965. He was commissioned and received his aviators' wings in 1966 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served with distinction as a Naval Flight Officer during the Vietnam conflict. He also met and married his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Hughes, while in training. After leaving the military, he attended and graduated from the Tulsa University College of Law, and worked in the legal field for several years. In 1987, he returned to his first love, aviation, and worked as a flight test engineer from 1987 until 2003, with such companies as McDonnell Douglas, Lock-heed-Martin, and Bom-bardier. His work took him all over the world, and introduced him to the tightly knit community of contract aviation. He suffered serious injuries in an auto accident in 2003, and, although bedridden, stayed in touch with his farflung circle of friends and acquaintances through his computer.
He is survived by his father, Jack Curtis England; two sisters, Kathryn Aytes (Lew) and Janice Watson (Bill); his wife, Elizabeth; four daughters, Renee Borden (Vince), Hildreth England (Mical), Sarah and Meredith; one son, Brock; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 5114 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756, on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. If you'd like to make a donation in Jim's name, please consider donating in Jim's name to Operation Homefront (http://www.operationhomefront.net), a Texas-based organization that helps get military families back on their feet after service to their country.