James Glen Bayne

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James Glen Bayne

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Jim Bayne
Jim Bayne
Jim Bayne
Jim Bayne

James “Jim” Glen Bayne, a United States Veteran, age 64, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, after a long battle with brain cancer.

Jim was a science teacher for 25 years in the Billings School District. He was well known for his unique teaching style and variety of animals in the classroom. He enjoyed the time and the antics between him and fellow teachers while teaching at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

Over the past few years, Jim appreciated the company of caregivers and close friends.

Jim is survived by his mother, Virginia Bayne of Livingston; his sister, Glenda Keeney of Livingston; his two daughters, Erin Bayne of Portland, Ore., and Jennifer Cunningham of Billings; his grandson, Ethan Cunningham; his nephews, Mike and Ronnie Keeney and their families of Salt Lake City; and his good friend, Bill, the man, the myth, the legend.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Glen Bayne.

Cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.

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  1. I will remember Mr. Bayne as a wonderful teacher when I was in junior high at Lewis & Clark. Rest in Peace!

  2. I, too, remember Mr. Bayne as a great teacher and I also remember seeing him whenever we went into the Pet Store that was at Rimrock Mall. Thanks, Mr. Bayne!

  3. Marlene 'Lund' Vining

    I met Jim the summer before my freshman year in high school & he was to be a senior. He also sat across from me in a study hall that year. That was the beginning of a long standing tease fest between him & I. We lost touch in the early 2000’s, but I will always remember his wit & humor. RIP, Jim….it was a pleasure knowing you.

  4. Briana Steiner (Olsen)

    Mr. Bayne was an amazing teacher. I remember him having all the wonderful animals there, and him having the pet store in Rimrock Mall. He was one of the only teachers I had who genuinely cared about his students. He changed my mind in regards to them and got me to do better in school. I will appreciate him always…..Rest in Peace Mr. Bayne….

  5. Linda Nardella Fuqua

    Jim was a very special friend for many years. He suffered for so long, now he is free to ride. RIP Jim.

  6. I am very sad to hear of Jim’s passing, but also know how long and hard he fought. I was not just a student of Mr. Bayne’s but a friend (it turned out he went to highschool with my aunt). I learned more from his unique style of teaching and he inspired me like no one else could. We kept in touch over the years, I have a photo of horses Jim took in Paradise Valley on the wall in my living room, I think of him every time I walk past it. I will never forget seeing him sneak into the back of the church at my aunt’s funeral to pay his respects, such a kind man with the BEST personality. I always made it a point to eat at Perkin’s when we would come home to visit the last few years because I always knew I would run into him and could give him a big hug 🙂 I hope his family can find peace knowing how many lives he truly touched and how amazing and special he was!

  7. Sharla (Reed) Thompson

    We lost a great man and teacher. I still refer back to my notes I took in his class from time to time. His wit and inspiration will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.

  8. My thoughts go out to Mr. Bayne’s family and friends during this difficult time. I had the privilege of having Mr. Bayne as a 7th grade Science teacher. He made me feel that I could do anything as long as I just tired. He made a huge impact in my life and I will never forget him for that. Thanks Mr. Bayne.

  9. As a student teacher of Jim’s I appreciated his mentorship and learned a lot about what it means to be a teacher who puts themselves into teaching with their whole being. Jim was a great teacher and a good friend as I worked with him for years at the Animal Farm as well. I have learned what dry humor is from him and how to deliver a joke with a completely straight face (although never as good as he was at it). Having taught now for over 22 years I appreciate his attention to getting lessons right and making sure that my students know the information but also that they have an appreciate for science.
    I am a better teacher because of Jim and my classroom may even be more of a zoo that his was!

  10. Jim student taught for me at Lewis and Clark. Even as a student teacher it was clear to all with whom he had contact that not only was he destined to be a special teacher but more important, he was a special human being. He cared not only for the academics but even more so for the students under his tutelage. His influence will live on for generations. We will miss you, Jim!

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