Bortzfield, Evertt James

Evertt James Bortzfield, Jr.

August 7, 1951 - July 25, 2020

People with a light heart and witty sense of humor have a way of protecting us from their pain. We hold onto their smile, their dumb dad joke, the next “I am doing alright” and take it in stride. We grasp their smile in our minds with an unwavering sense of hope that, indeed, they are well and will remain beside us for years to come. On this day, we know you are okay, but our hearts are not. The hope has slipped away, and we say our final goodbyes. Goodbyes filled with memories, funny stories, favorite songs, Tubble’s anecdotes, some regrets, and love that will live on through the generations you have influenced. 

Born in 1951 in Jenks, Oklahoma, Evertt James Bortzfield (Jim) was called from his earthly body on July 25, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Debra Pugh Bortzfield, sons Dustin and Jimmy Bortzfield, Jayson Whitlatch, daughter Michelle Doughty, sister Teresa Clark, daughters-in-law Carol Bortzfield and Jessica Whitlatch, son-in-law Tyler Doughty, granddaughters Chloe, Landry, and Chance Bortzfield, Lucy Doughty, Annalise Whitlatch, Hazel Barvitsky, and grandsons, Beau Doughty, Brayton Scott and Evertt Whitlatch. 

When asked “what is your favorite thing about Opa?” Landry answers, “He is fun and funny.” We can always count on him for a good laugh. Though corny, a good laugh, nonetheless. Jim is a 1969 graduate of Crane High School and graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington.  An accountant by trade, he was a driven entrepreneur that pursued a career in real estate. As a young man, Jim owned Tubble’s Spas in Dallas, Texas. He loved sports and showed a particular liking to Texas high school football. He was a basketball coach for his oldest son, Jimmy, and hosted a Texas football website that spotlighted Lake Highlands athletics. Jim’s legacy will live through his teaching of how to treat others. He insisted that his children respect every person, no matter color, race, gender, or economic status. We promise to uphold these values as we teach our children to become loving adults.  

A "come and go" visitation will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home at Hwy 75, Exit 38A Ridgeview Drive in McKinney, Texas. Due to social distancing rules, the reception will be a come and go event to prevent a large crowd. Please observe and respect these guidelines by paying your respects and exiting so that others may enter the building. A private burial will be held Saturday morning for family members. Facial coverings will be required by the facility.  

We are asking that you take a few moments to write your favorite funny story about Jim so that his grandchildren can have an account and remember his beloved humor. There will be a basket at the sign-in table to receive your story.  

In lieu of flowers, Jim has requested that donations be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Please make donations in memory of Jim Bortzfield at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

I wish you peace when times are hard
A light to guide you through the dark
And when storms are high, and your dreams are low
I wish you the strength to let love grown on,
I wish you the strength to let love flow,
I wish you the strength to let love glow on
I wish you the strength to let love go on.
-The Eagles, I wish you Peace

 

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So sorry for your loss. I knew Jim through the Collin County Republican Men's Club. I came to viewing because Jim was a good man, who earned my utmost respect. I hope I earned his as well. JOHN KREIDEWEIS, July 31, 2020 We had only known Jim and Debra a few short months as neighbors but that short time was enough to make a lasting impression that Jim was a kind soul that had a warmth that made you feel comfortable the minute you met him. We feel heartbroken that we did not get much time but grateful for the meeting. Fly high Jim. You are missed. AJ and Jason Meisel, July 31, 2020 Jim will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. Jim had one of the sharpest wits of anyone I have ever met. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ron Pettie, July 31, 2020 Jim was a great friend and contributed so much to our community. He will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family. Phyllis Cole, July 31, 2020 Jim was one of my first supporters when I ran for State Board of Education. A really sweet guy! Pam Little, July 31, 2020 I never had the privilege of knowing Mr. Bortzfield but I am good friends with his son Jimmy. Although words can rarely bring comfort, I want Jimmy and family to know that we are here for you and give our condolences. After being good friends with Jimmy for over 4 years now, I get a sense of how great Jim was based on the ideals that Jimmy has. He will be missed but I pray you find comfort knowing he is no longer in pain and now watching over you all. Rest in peace Jim.
Danny Garza, July 30, 2020 I worked for Jim at Active Organics. There were many things I learned but one lesson has been with me. I walked into Jim's office and confessed that I made a mistake. Jim looked up at me and said with a smile, "People that work make mistakes Lisa. If you were not working then there would be no mistakes." I know it sounds cheesy, but it put a lot into preservative for this me who often would beat myself up making mistakes. Jim's response has had positive impact on my life. His kindness and thoughtfulness and always a smile! He made this world a better place. My heart and prayers go out to Debra and the family.
Lisa Harris, July 30, 2020 I am so sorry to hear the news about Jim. I worked for Jim at Dr Pepper from 1974 to 1980. He taught me a lot of things but one thing that has stayed with me is how good a double meat whataburger tastes and since I now live in Missouri I do not get to enjoy them very often. I know he fought the good fight and that we have all lost a special human being. Charlie and Nancy Anton
Charles AntonI, July 30, 2020 You are with God now. May you Rest in Peace. Chris O'Reilly, July 29, 2020 Jim was our realtor, but he also became a dear friend through the process. We will miss him. Our sincere condolences to his family. Landa Culbertson , July 29, 2020 Dustin and family I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers.
Dawnelle Collings, July 29, 2020 Debra and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. We are never ready to give up our loved ones. I’m praying for you and your family. Carol Chapman, July 28, 2020 I am very sorry to hear of Jim's untimely death. He was such a great neighbor. He was so happy and willing to share all his tips and contacts with me regarding the house. I feel lucky to have known him even for the short time he was here in the neighborhood. My heartfelt condolences to Debra and all the family and friends. May his soul be at peace and his memory eternal. Sabrina Rajendran, July 28, 2020 Teresa & James lived across the street from us for years. We had a lot of good times together when we were kids! We had rocks, sand & horned toads to play with. RIP James! Brenda Tanner Gallaway, July 28, 2020 I've known James since childhood and more recently learned to call him "Jim," as he preferred. We graduated together from Crane High School in 1969. Although we rarely saw each other, it was always an enjoyable, fun, and funny time when were able to get together, the last time being at our 50-year class reunion and celebration. That was a special, memorable weekend. I'm so thankful Jim and Debra were able to be there and to bring Jim's sister, Teresa, so we could reconnect. He was a blessing to so many. His legacy lives on through his kids and grandkids. Debra, you're in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to comfort you through the difficult days ahead. Marinell Turnage, July 28, 2020 He was such a kind and generous man. Praying for you Debra and your family. Rhonda LeTeff, July 28, 2020 As requested by family, here is a story about James that I have never forgotten. I’m sure he always remembered it as well. James and Gary McQuerry were seniors in Crane High School, and I (Randy McQuerry) and my friend, Billy Newcomb, were freshmen. One Sunday afternoon, we all got together and decided to go driving around in James’ parents blue Dodge. We ended up southwest of Crane, TX near Jaun Cordona Lake, a (usually) dry lake bed. That day it appeared to be dry, so someone suggested that it would be fun to drive around on the dry lake bed. James edged out onto the lake in the blue Dodge, and all was well…for about 50 feet. At that point, the Dodge broke through the top couple of inches of dry lake to a muddy and VERY slick lake bottom below the crust. All four of us labored for quite some time, pushing and digging in a futile effort to back out of our mistake. When it seemed that we would probably spend the rest of Sunday there, and maybe Monday as well, we finally, decided to split up. I’m guessing that either James or Gary thought it best that the two freshmen shouldn’t go off together, so we ended up with the senior/freshman combo split. Gary and Billy took off on foot to try and get back to US 385, and try and flag down help along the highway. James and I stayed with the car to continue trying to free it from this quagmire. We worked at it for several more hours with no more than a foot or two of progress. The lake shore wasn’t that far away, so James suggested that we walk over and grab as much grass and mesquite limbs as we could carry and bring back to the car. We jacked up the car enough to get some grass and limbs under the back tires for traction. James rocked the car forward and backward several times, going a bit further each time. Finally, he had enough momentum backwards so that he was successful in breaking free. He gave the Dodge all it had, full throttle in reverse to the lake shore, as I cheered him on. James then drove us towards US 385 looking for Gary and Billy. We couldn’t find them (it was getting dark by this time), so we decided to head back to Crane to see if they may have make it back there. As it turned out, they did catch a ride back to Crane, where I think a search party was being organized to go back after us. I can’t really remember how much trouble we got into for participating in our “fun” day. I only remember that I was SO glad to be able to sleep in my own bed that night and go to school the next day. Randy McQuerry, July 28, 2020 We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers, love and hugs are with you all. Jim and Judy Wilcox, July 28, 2020 It was so good to see Jim at our 50th class reunion. He showed up with a huge smile, a twinkle in his eye, and mischief to be had! Such a fun, happy man. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts are sad for the family and also for our Class of 1969 family. God Bless all of Jim's family and friends. Dorothy Turner McLaughlin, July 28, 2020 To the family; Please accept my condolences for the loss of your husband, father, and friend. Jim was an integral part of our Ebby family ad I know all his friends in our Willow Bend office will miss him greatly. I always loved to come to the office when Jim was there. You were always greeted with a big smile and friendly hello. I don't think Jim knew a stranger and he always made you feel welcome. We shall all miss our dear friend and colleague Jim. with prayers and condolences; Betty Misko, Designated Broker Ebby Halliday Realtors. bettymisko@ebby.com, July 28, 2020 I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Prayer, love and hugs for your family. Stefani McQuerry, July 28, 2020 Debra, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim was a good, honest man. The things I will remember most about Jim, there was always a twinkle in his eye and smile in his voice. God bless you. Mike Haskins, July 28, 2020 I am thankful that my father had such a close friend in Jim. Our whole family enjoyed his company and many laughs with him for as long as I can remember. He was also extremely kind and always willing to lend a helping hand to any of us. This loss leaves a hole that I know we will always feel, but I am happy to know that anytime anyone thinks of Jim a smile will cross their lips and fill their heart. Hopefully knowing this provides the smallest of comforts to those who loved him most. Thinking of all his family members in this difficult time and sending hugs and love. Ashley Hudspeth , July 28, 2020 Jim is in a better place. RIP.
Bill Sorensen and Sharron Sorensen, July 28, 2020 Jim was a steadfast friend through the years. He was always there with a smile and a helping hand. We will miss him. Diane Brown, July 28, 2020