James Clifford Arie Jr.

April 16, 1943 - May 15, 2019
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James passed away peacefully at home in Galveston, TX, May 15, 2019, at the age of 76. He leaves his family an endearing legacy of kindness and compassion. James was an avid fly fisherman. Casting his line from the high mountain streams of the Rockies to the saltwater flats of Belize. He was a master of dry humor. He loved coming up with jokes so subtle that they were undetectable by his friends and family.

James was born in Bonham, TX and lovingly raised by his mother, Pearl Atkins. He married Carole Gene Thompson in 1965. In the 1970s, Carole and James moved their growing family to Bremond, TX. James taught English literature and coached the football team at Bremond High School. In the 1980s he became a home builder and moved his family to College Station. There, riding horses, windsurfing, and fishing became a way of life for their three children. In the 1990s James enrolled at Texas A&M University where, at the age of 53, he received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning. He and Carole then moved to Galveston. James became the Assistant Vice President of Technology Development at UTMB. He also served on the advisory board for the Texas Coalition for Capital.

In Galveston, James turned his love of saltwater fly fishing into a daily ritual. He would head out to the bay most mornings before sunrise to kayak the marshes in search of redfish.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; three children, Jane and her husband Jimmy Baldwin, Jess and his wife Lisa, and Luke and his wife Jennifer; and three grandchildren, Max Baldwin, and Dylan and Paige Arie.

James’ family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 15, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.  A service celebrating his life will begin at 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, and Rosenberg Library of Galveston.





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Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: April 16, 1943
June 7, 2019
Best Father, Loved Fly Fishing
Best Father, Loved Fly Fishing
April 16, 2017
Good Times at Jimmy’s on the Pier
Good Times at Jimmy’s on the Pier
Died: May 15, 2019

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James “Jess” Arie posted on 6/13/19

In memory of James Clifford Arie Jr., James “Jess” Arie lit a candle


Kay Teykl posted on 6/13/19

You will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace dear friend!


Jack & Jo Ann Lipscomb posted on 6/13/19

Carole, our thoughts and prayers of comfort and peace continue for you and your family. We have lost a dear and treasured forever friend....RIP, James!


Kim Howard posted on 6/13/19

Dear Jane and Carole (and family), I am so sorry for your loss as I knew through you both what an awesome soul he was! What stories you have :) As a girl who grew up with the best grandfather in the world (James Howard Bradley), my heart goes out to Max, Dylan and Paige on the experiences I am sure they had and the ones that will happen through the stories of 'he sure would have loved to do this with you!' that will now live on the future. Much love to you all - Kim


Jimmy Baldwin posted on 6/13/19

Going to miss my favorite father in-law. Feliz fishing.


Ken and Cathy Arie posted on 6/13/19

Ken and I are sadden by the news of James’s passing. We are both very glad to have the opportunity to meet him and that Ken got to visit again a few years ago. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Ken and Cathy


Casi Khushf posted on 6/11/19

Carol, I am sorry that James had to leave so early. He was a very good and honest man and I enjoyed having him as a neighbor. He is already missed. Now who is going to keep watch over our stuff while we aren't there? I hope he is already catching fish that he never even dreamed of with the fishermen of Galilee and Jesus on the shores of heaven's sea. Love, Michael and Casi Khushf


Brent Novelli posted on 6/11/19

RIP my friend, you are forever blessed with clear smooth water and tight lines!!!


Jimmy & Terry Easterly posted on 6/7/19

Carole, Jane, Jess and Luke: Jimmy and I are thinking about you during this time and remembering the good times we had with James. He was a precious soul. So glad he was able to enjoy life as long as he did, doing what he wanted and where he wanted to be with his lovely Carole. Each of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Jimmy and Terry Easterly, Bryan TX


Jill Bosworth posted on 6/6/19

“Heaven rest him now.” Shakespeare, Hamlet


Elizabeth Childress posted on 6/2/19

"What mortals call the end, The Master calls a Butterfly." I know James that you would use it for bait, now wouldn't you?