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James Stewart (Jim) Hislop II

Obituary for James Stewart (Jim) Hislop II

June 18, 1945 - September 29, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 73

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James Stewart (Jim) Hislop II (Age 73), of Austin, TX (formerly of Round Rock), jumped the fence in the wee hours between midnight and dawn, shortly after Closing Time, on September 29, 2018. He hated mornings, and always said nothing good ever happened to him before the crack of noon.

It's impossible to remember Hislop without smiling or laughing hysterically; he was one of the funniest men who ever lived. He adopted this saying from a college buddy he nicknamed The Wizard, and he lived by it: "The most important thing in life is to remain amused." He got that done in spades.

Hislop's business cards carried a variety of descriptions over the years: Trader, Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer, Consultant, Subdivision Project Manager, President of Riata Petroleum Corp, President of Bear Oil Co, and City Manager. Throughout periods of his amusing life, what Jim did for a living was a complete mystery… just the way he liked it. Most descriptive was his calling card that read: Scout/Expediter/Reconnoiterer…"I Can Do Anything But Dance".

His first (and proudly, his last) real job after graduating from Southwest Texas State University in the early 1970s, where he studied urban and regional planning, was that of City Manager of Round Rock, TX (Population 2,811). He was that city's first professional City Manager, the youngest City Manager in the state of Texas, and was dubbed by the local newspaper as "A Mover & Shaker in Blue Jeans". He loved that city, and it loved him back; he made life-long friends there. His vision for how Round Rock could develop and prosper for the betterment of its citizens rang true. Evidence of his concepts and predictions can be seen in Round Rock today, if you know where to look.

He most certainly was a cowboy in a previous life, and his love of the American West (and shopping), lead to more than 45 years of happy trails buying, selling and trading western collectibles, guns of the Old West, cowboy trappings, western memorabilia of all kinds, and the occasional Navajo rug.

Hislop was a man's man, a kid's kid, and women loved him. Your friend was his friend, and if you weren't laughing in his presence, you weren't paying attention. He loved to fish, hunt, entertain, and his love of music ran the gamut from R&B to Opera. He was an excellent cook, a master of the art of grilled meat and game, was known for perfect brisket before perfect brisket was way too cool. He was, by his own admission, a food snob, and would rather skip a meal than eat mediocre.

His repertoire of great stories, jokes, quips and sayings was monumental, and his delivery was unequaled. If Jim was crazy about you, he likely gave you a nickname, maybe two. He loved stylish cars, a good pickup truck, starched shirts and jeans, custom boots, the perfect crease on a hat, and vodka…lots and lots of vodka. Like his father before him, he put a perfect shine on a pair of boots or shoes. He admired well-tooled leather, the well-written word, vintage ranger buckle sets, Maria Teresa Coins, fine cigars, vintage Zippos, and well-mannered kids and dogs.

Born in Modesto, CA on June 18, 1945 to a US Air Force Officer father, James S. (Jim) Hislop, and an incredible, graceful mother, Anna Jane (Toni) Prentiss Hislop, Jim moved with his Air Force family umpteen times before graduating from Cooper High School in Abilene, TX. He also served in the US Air Force, the mandatory stint during the Viet Nam War.

Jim is survived by his wife, who never wanted to change a single thing about him and whom he adored: Kathi A. (Kat) Helmle of Austin; his only brother and best friend: Jeffrey L. Hislop (Esther Ortiz Hislop) of San Antonio; his two beautiful daughters who worshiped him: Casey D. Hislop (Teddy Trotta-Bono) and Jamie L. Moreland (Stephen Moreland), both of Austin; his favorite and only nephews: Matthew P. Hislop of Denver and Zachary James Hislop of New York City; and his precious grandsons who called him "Big": Bodi James Moreland, Scout T. Moreland, and a third one who will likely hit the ground running this December. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hislop's After Party is October 24, at The Rabb House in Round Rock, 4-7 pm, where he will be bid Adios with "Hip, Hip Hooray" and drinks all around, just as he requested.

In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution in his honor to the scholarship fund of the National Bit, Spur & Saddle Collectors Association (NBSSCA), PO Box 1969, Addison, TX 75001 or @ www.nbssca.org.

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  • In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution in his honor to the scholarship fund of the National Bit, Spur & Saddle Collectors Association (NBSSCA), PO Box 1969, Addison, TX 75001 or @ www.nbssca.org.

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