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James Arthur Halverson

August 22, 1947 - February 27, 2015

James Arthur Halverson was born August 22, 1947 in Compton, California, and

passed away February 27, 2015 from a failing heart. Jim lived in Gardena and Redding, California during his childhood, then moved to Rolling Hills Estates for his teen years. He lived with his grandmother and grandfather until high school grad…read more

James Arthur Halverson was born August 22, 1947 in Compton, California, and

passed away February 27, 2015 from a failing heart. Jim lived in Gardena and Redding, California during his childhood, then moved to Rolling Hills Estates for his teen years. He lived with his grandmother and grandfather until high school graduation in 1966, then joined the United States Marine Corps.

He was trained as a ìSea Going Marine,î which included strict training in Military Courtesy, Discipline, Grooming, and Weapons Handling. On board ship he guarded nuclear weapons and served as an Admiralís Aid. Jim was assigned to the helicopter carrier USS Bennington, and was immediately deployed to the waters off the coast of Vietnam, where he volunteered for a number of helicopter rescue missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 and immediately started his civilian career as apprentice in the farrier/black smithing trade. This job suited Jim perfectly as he loved horses and being outdoors. Jim worked hard to learn his new trade under the mentorship of Al Kreman and ìDocî Jensen, local men of highest reputation.

Jim fell in love and married Darlene McLellan in 1974. They moved to 253rd street in Lomita and raised two loving sons, Patrick and Jesse.

Jim was always busy with a new project, which generally included mechanics, auto restoration, or anything to do with metalwork. His sons worked alongside him, learning his skills and work ethic.

During his career he grew to become one of the top corrective farriers in the South Bay and was responsible for care of any type of horse, from swayback old nags to valuable race horses. He was respected by his peers as ìone of the best!î Jim was also active in the American Farriers Association.

Jim was an innovator, developing better equipment and procedures for his trade. He founded Halverson Horseshoeing, which in the 1980ís produced the first ready-made bar shoes, and after that the Halverson hoof knife and many other supplies to make horseshoeing easier.

Jimís pastimes were water skiing, restoring classic cars, visiting friends, and inventing new products.

Jim laughingly said, ìI’ll die under a horse,î which was almost the case as he finished his last shoeing and passed away that evening.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darlene, sons Patrick and Jesse, brother Daniel, and sisters Nona and Lana.

A memorial service will be held

Friday, March 20, 2015

11:00 AM

Rolling Hills Covenant Church (North Campus)

2221 Palos Verdes Drive North

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Reception will follow at the same location.

Casual dress is encouraged.

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