American Veteran 04

James Edward Brittenham

September 23, 1973 ~ February 8, 2023 (age 49) 49 Years Old


James Brittenham

SANTA FE - James Brittenham, 49, of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away on February 8, 2023, after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He was born in Prescott, Arizona, on September 23, 1973, to Bill and Sherry Brittenham. He grew up in Texarkana, Texas, with his two brothers, surrounded by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

James served in the United States Navy as a submariner and worked for Marine Spill Response Corporation for 26 years. He was a gemcutter, lapidarist and avid rockhound who lived for the hunt of finding rocks, crystals, fossils and bones. He loved hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing and all things relating to being out in nature. He was also a true craftsman, who loved woodworking and could fix just about anything.

He is survived by his loving wife, Miki; his daughter, Mackenzie (Chris Yoakum) of Sacramento, California; his son, Zoey (Autumn Dotson) of Kyle, Texas; his dog, Dagmar; his two grandchildren, Zion and Porter Yoakum; his mother, Sherry; his two brothers, Jeff (Sheri) and Matt (Hannah); as well as his beloved nephews, niece, aunt and cousins.

He was preceded by his father, Bill Brittenham; his grandparents, Kenneth and Margie Walker.

Memorial services will be held on March 18, 2023, at 11 a.m., at Hayes Funeral Home 10412 Highway 6, Hitchcock, Texas, 77563. Services will be live-streamed on their website at

Donations may be made to the James Brittenham Earth Science Scholarship Fund with the Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society @

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Memorial Service
March 18, 2023

11:00 AM
Hayes Funeral Home Chapel
10412 Highway Six
Hitchcock, Texas 77563

Video is available for this event


James Brittenham Earth Science Scholarship Fund with the Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society


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