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#1 Traxan

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 03:01 PM

He was an ass, but still, dying at 56 kinda sucks. No cause off death is known yet.

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And from a WA newspaper:

(Axe Men) James Frank "Jimmy" Smith, 56, a resident of Cle Elum and a former resident of Leavenworth and North Bend, died Thursday November 01, 2012 in Wenatchee.

Jimmy was born on May 03, 1956 to James H. and Leah (Wilson) Smith in Leavenworth. Jimmy spent his early life in Leavenworth and later North Bend where he attended school. He enlisted in the United States Army and after being discharged he returned to North Bend and married Sandra Jackson; Jimmy moved to Farmington, Washington and attended Big Bend Community College. He later moved back to North Bend and later to Cle Elum where he worked as a carpenter until starting S&S Aqua Logging with son James L. Smith. Jimmy was very proud of the fact that for the last five years they were featured on the History Channels TV series "Axe Men".

Jimmy loved hunting, fishing, his dogs, his family and "Axe Men" Logging. He was an avid outdoorsman and was well prepared for the future.

He is survived by his mother, Leah Smith (Ken Buzard) of Wenatchee; his sons, Chad Smith of Seattle and James Smith of Michigan; brother, rob Smith of Leavenworth and sisters, Sylvia Adams-Lance (Mark), Gloria Smith-Williams both of Leavenworth and Rebecca Forsyth (Brian) of Everett; his good friends who helped take care of him, Ken Morgan, Tim Skagen, Scott Burke and Larry Wade and many aunts, uncles nieces, nephews and cousins. Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, James H. Smith; daughter, Katherine Marie Smith and his grandparents, Dud and Viola Wilson and R.R. and Bessie Smith.

A Memorial service of Commemoration to celebrate the life of James Frank "Jimmy" Smith will be held on Saturday November 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. View Cemetery on Icicle Road in Leavenworth. Visitation will be held on November 12th and 13th at Ward's Funeral Chapel, 303 Pine Street, Leavenworth from 1 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Jimmy's name to "Our House" Cancer Care of North Central Washington at 1708 Castle Rock Street, Wenatchee, WA. 98801 or your local Humane Society.

Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 03:39 PM

He was the same age as me. I always thought he was a lot older.

He was the kind of guy who the longer he lived, the less likely he would die of natural causes. A walking Darwin Award.

Still, its a sad thing. RIP, Jimmy.

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 03:52 PM

I always got the sense that his blood pressure was in a range all it's own. It doesn't surprise me that he died young.

I didn't care for the man (putting it mildly), but it's sad none the less.

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 04:27 PM

Same here. Thought he was alot older. Guy came off like a real dick. Never could tell how much of what we saw was him and how much of it was the show. It should go to a lesson for all these reality stars that the image you leave is the one we see.

Anyone else catch James lives in Michigan. I thought they said he lived with his dad in Washington.

Anyway, stuff like this is tough for the family, especially leading into the Holidays.
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 05:50 PM

View PostBlue, on November 21, 2012 - 04:27 PM, said:

Anyone else catch James lives in Michigan. I thought they said he lived with his dad in Washington.

I thought that that was strange as well. Perhaps he moved there recently. Could he be in college ?

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 07:27 PM

Considering Jimmy ran afoul of the authorities in Washington, James may have moved to greener pastures.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 12:37 AM

Yeah but they also list Jimmy as a resident of Cle Ulum as well as two prior residences. I thought Jimmy the Elder was the one in trouble for poaching logs in WA. It was his business. I just think Young James was brought in for the show. We don't know his relationship with his father. He could have been away at school or he could have been living in Michigan for years. Just strange the way they wrote the article. But to be fair, the strange wording may just be a result of bad writing by whoever penned the obituary.

I never got the impression that James fit in with the lumberjack setting, and I'm sure that that's one of the reasons the show cast him. I could see him growing up away from his dad. Maybe a divorce. I think the old man inferred somethings along those lines in the first season they were on when he was introducing his son. There may be more of their home life mentioned. I really stopped watching the show after they went full-shenanigans. They could have at least added yackety-sax to the background music.


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Posted November 22, 2012 - 01:46 PM

That dude was a walking time bomb,anger probs/high blood pressure..He probably died of a massive heart attack.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 03:13 PM

Or fishing accident.

I've always thought blowing-up helps release stress. Got to let it out before it burns you up or you go on a shooting spree. I always thought the son would flip out first.

But yeah my money is on heart attack. His weight, mainly. Smoked too if I remember right. But if you had said "one of the aqua logging guys had died" I probably would have thought Swilley or Swamp Bear or whatever their names were. I don't think there are a lot of salads eaten by the cast of this show. Maybe ham salad.
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Posted November 22, 2012 - 03:39 PM

He certainly was right up there with Paul Sr. as far as self-awareness goes. I can see not realizing what a jerk you are in real life, (kinda) but c'mon. Haven't these guys ever reviewed the video?
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Posted November 22, 2012 - 07:54 PM

Yup. You'd think these guys would have some people to tell them to watch it. Even if they don't think they are bad, you'd play up to the fans. I have to think some of these guys like being that type of guy. That was SR's role on AC, to be gruff and ride Jr on everything. Conversely, the captain of the Kodiak on DC started off as a jerk. Next season, he had calmed down alot.

And that's the thing. Jimmy Smith came off as a dick on the show. We don't know what he was like in real life.
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Posted December 09, 2012 - 10:10 PM

Wow. Watching Ax Men now. Jimmy's appearance is really shocking............
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Posted December 10, 2012 - 11:39 AM

I know

View PostT.R., on December 09, 2012 - 10:10 PM, said:

Wow. Watching Ax Men now. Jimmy's appearance is really shocking............
I know..Wow.He Waited to long get checked out.By then it was to late.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 01:07 AM

I missed it last week, just saw him now. Yeah he looked bad. Was pretty obvious he suffered from a wasting disease, ie cancer.

I just cannot get over how unbelievably redneck these Florida loggers are. Not the image I have of Florida.

Shelby's neice... hmmm. But that looks like a bad boob job.

EDIT: Wow. He let them film the diagnosis and everything.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 02:10 PM

I'm not a Floridian but I'm pretty sure you can find varying degrees of redneckiness just about anywhere...worldwide. So many of these shows are based on that rough, redneck, and even white trash imagery. I'd say some of it is played up for the cameras.

I think it was "How the States Got Their Shapes" where they talked about the many faces of Florida. They did the same to several states.



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Posted December 17, 2012 - 02:58 PM

Trust me. Florida has more than it's share of rednecks...........
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Posted December 18, 2012 - 12:55 PM

There's also varying types of rednecks. I guess you could say I'm redneck-ish. Grew up in a semi-rural area. Did the outdoors things. I've even been to a monster truck rally and pro-wrestling events. I never cared much for country music or nascar.

I also know people that could answer a casting call for Swamp People and Moonshiners.
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 02:00 PM

View PostBlue, on December 18, 2012 - 12:55 PM, said:

There's also varying types of rednecks. I guess you could say I'm redneck-ish. Grew up in a semi-rural area. Did the outdoors things. I've even been to a monster truck rally and pro-wrestling events. I never cared much for country music or nascar.

I also know people that could answer a casting call for Swamp People and Moonshiners.

Yeah I've been called by many a hippie redneck..Like you,when I was younger have been to demo derbies,monster truck,wrestling matches etc.Oh yeah,I'm surrounded by people like the shows mentioned above..I live in very rural area.

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Posted January 07, 2013 - 12:39 AM

Watching last week's episode on repeat. Jimmy sure changed with his illness. Not sure if it was because he was too weak or if the gravity was on him. Shame it came too late.

James, on the other hand, seems to be finding excuses for his failure. Not a good sign.

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Posted January 07, 2013 - 09:55 AM

I've been trying to watch this show, but can't seem to get all the way through it anymore. The show was always a bit of a characture, but every season it gets worse. By next season the show will no longer show logging, the cast will just stand in a field beating each other with sticks until a winner is declared.





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