McCrum II, James Bruce

May 1, 1933 - September 18, 2019

James Bruce McCrum II, age 86, died at his home in Rowlett Texas on September 18th, 2019 of natural causes.

He was born May 1st, 1933 in Thief River Falls.  After coming back from the Navy, Jamie had the opportunity to own a U-haul franchise; he went on to be a top 100 U-haul Dealer for decades until retiring years ago. Jamie was a member of the American Legion, was a veteran of the U.S.Navy, and called himself Lutheran sometimes on Holidays.

Jamie was a man who lived his whole life like he would never see 40, and outlived almost all of his friends.  He is a memorable person and liked to make people laugh.  He heavily associated with being a veteran, and loved three things the most in his later years, Cats, Carson, and Cigars.  Most people know Jamie as a guy you see for 20 minutes and he told two jokes, got a cup of coffee, ate some of whatever your having, then ran off to take a nap.  The others that know him longer know to add a few drinks before the coffee.

He had a close circle of people he trusted and would do anything for and help with side projects.  He spoke about helping Gwen for yummy treats and bringing yummy treats to Thurman.  He made fun of everyone else.  He never judged anyone, and anyone in his inner circle knew that he was a storyteller of the highest order.  Jamie had the ability to spark even an adults imagination with storytelling,

Survivors include:

His son, James III “Jay”

His sister Marilyn Brown-and his Brother Robert McCrum.

Cousins:  Wayne Olson, Judy Olson Bjerke, Phyllis Olson Koropatnicki, Byron Olson and Kevin Olson


Jamie was preceded in death by his Grandson Rutger McCrum, aunt Ruth and “Auntie” Clara, his uncle’s Mark and Orton. his Mother Vivian McCrum and father James Wilcox McCrum.

Cousins: Wayne Olson, Judy Olson Bjerke, Phyllis Olson Koropatnicki, Byron and Kevin Olson.

Services will be held at:

North Dallas Funeral Home

(This is a memorial service and flag presentation service, there will be no viewing.)

2710 Valley View Lane

Farmers Branch, TX 72534

October 12th 2019 at 2:00pm

(972) 241-9100

Jamie’s ashes will be kept by his son Jay McCrum in a family flag urn with his grandson Rutger McCrum.  If you wish to donate please send flowers for the ceremony at North Dallas Funeral Home. Thank you.

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

4 replies on “McCrum II, James Bruce”

Susan says:

Jay, sorry to hear about your Dad. I talked w/him briefly a couple months ago. He seemed spry as ever. May God bring peace and comfort to you and your family. Hugs.

Maria Rochelle says:

My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and the family.

arlene christianson pickard says:

Bobby – Condolences to you and the family. arlene christianson pickard

paula damommio says:

I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My son Paul died inJuly and know he would like me to rememberJamie memory. Jamie was a good mentor and friend. They were spend time going on day trips, watching old movies, going to restaurants . Jamie was a great story teller and delighted in telling jokes, emailing jokes and giving advice. Paul’s his unofficial chauffeur and spent quality time together. Jamie was a character and will be missed.

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