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Obituary for James Alan Barbee

December 18, 1949 - April 16, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 68


James Alan Barbee 1949 - 2018 (Jim No Horse to those with the soul of a cowboy) told his final set of stories. Three years and three months ago, Alan was given 6 weeks to live but Alan was a rule breaker. He fought for the extra time because he just loved life too much to let go so quickly.

Brought up in Houston, Alan wanted to be a writer. He hitchhiked to the University of Iowa after being refused admittance into their prestigious creative writing program. He demanded entry. They agreed they had a character on their hands and let him in. There, he learned to drink shots with Joseph Heller the author of Catch-22 and was told he needed more life experiences.

He left in search of experience. As a restaurateur, city councilman in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, fighting wildfires in Wyoming, sailing to Venezuela leading helicopter ski trips, building custom homes, he enjoyed life, people, and their stories so much, that he never got back to writing. Alan never found a boundary he didn't want to push and he still holds the Guiness book of Records for pudding sitting having spent 50 hours sitting in a tub of vanilla pudding to raise money for charity.

Owning a restaurant and bar was the perfect opportunity to test the limits of drinking, and drink he did. His epiphany came one morning when he woke up in a stranger's bed. A little girl came in and asked if he was taking her to school. He did not know who she was, having met her Mom the night before. So he stopped drinking, went to AA and that led to God, dog shows, cowboy action shooting and Karen.

Addiction work became his first ministry and he helped many people. All Saints Episcopal Church opened many doors. He became one of the church's taco guys and together they fed over 80,000 tacos to Austin's homeless.

Alan was a voracious reader. an intelligent, witty, sensitive, loving, wild, and unpredictable man. Known as Jim No Horse after he tied his horse outside a Steamboat Springs bar (his buddies stole it as a joke), he was a single action shooting cowboy with no filter on what he would say.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karen Mountain; Skye Moursund, the shared son he always wanted; his beautiful daughter-in-law Natalie; and his pride and joy, granddaughter Scarlett.

The funeral will be held on April 29th at 1:00 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church 209 W. 27th Street, Austin, Texas 78705.

Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery Annex with the shooting of a cannon by his cowboy friends.

Immediately following the funeral, we will gather at the new house for food, drink, stories and celebration. 9211 Yucca Mountain Road, Austin, Texas 78759.

No flowers will fit in the church so please plant something instead to look at so when you see it you will remember Alan or make a donation to the Migrant Clinicians Network. He loved MCN and supported it generously


"Alan's Comedy Roast (aka Going Away Party and Rehearsal Funeral)

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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