James Garfield Zinn III

April 29, 1967 - August 28, 2021

James Garfield Zinn III, 54, of Vidor, died Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born on April 29, 1967, to Bonnie Simmons Zinn and James Garfield Zinn, Jr., in Fairbanks, Alaska. James was veteran of the United States Air Force having served in the Gulf War. He was employed with Goodyear Chemical Plant for twenty-two years and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and horse riding.

Survivors include his mother, Bonnie Butts and her husband, Ray, of Vidor; daughter, Destiny Traster and her husband, Dylan, of Beaumont; fiancée, Nerissa of Vidor and her daughter, Breanna Hunter; brother, Dan Zinn, Sr. of Vidor and his girlfriend, Jerri Ann Stains; sister, Jenny Zinn-Dantzler of Holloman Air Force Base in Alamagordo, New Mexico; and granddaughter, Sophia Traster.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Garfield Zinn, Jr.; uncle, J.T. Simmons; maternal grandmother, Gladys McKinney; grandfather, Pete Simmons; and paternal grandparents, James Garfield and Dorothy Zinn.

A gathering of Mr. Zinn’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Broussard’s with his interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Vidor.

A live stream option will be available for Mr. Zinn’s service with this link:  https://rebrand.ly/jameszin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or online at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event, you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • September 3, 2021
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • September 4, 2021
  • 10:00 am


Restlawn Memorial Park
  • 2725, N Main St, Vidor, TX, 77662,

Comments (15)

    kayden zinn says:

    we had a hunting trip and he died so we cant go now.
    we went hunting most of the time and i helped with the house and the horses.

    kayden zinn says:

    even though I’m 12 and he taught me about hunting, fishing, building houses.

    Lisa Walker says:

    I am still so very saddened by the news of your passing. Always a gentleman and always a friend. My heart breaks for your family especially your daughter and that precious granddaughter of yours. RIP Jimmy. You will be dearly missed by all who knew you. Praying for your family.

    DELBERT SELF JR. says:

    prayers for the family, God bless each of you & help you through the days ahead !!!!!!

    David Raiford says:

    I will always remember how genuine and respectful you were to all you people.
    I will miss your hunting stories
    David Raiford

    Paula says:

    Jimmy you will always have a place in my heart, I’m still so shocked that you are gone. We had great memories from the time you had to get the rope off of the cow at your brother Dan’s, to campfires and get-togethers with all of our friends, riding motorcycles and crawfish boils, riding 4 wheelers at your Dads, our group motorcycle photo at your Dads so many memories…. rest easy my friend…you fought hard❤️

    juan horsey says:

    I first met and worked with Jim’s father of the same name at my job at M&I Electric. I then joined Jim at Goodyear and always enjoyed talking to him and being around him. RIP. See you on the other side.

    Kellie DeMary says:

    Jimmy, we’ve made so many years of memories camping, cooking, horse back riding and laughing around the campfire. I will always cherish those memories and your friendship. You are a great man, a kind man and I was blessed to have you as a friend. Until we meet again, keep a watch over your Riding Family and keep us safe.

    Forest Ames says:

    We sadden hearts we write this Jimmy. You were such a great man, friend, father, and a role model too so many. You we’re always were willing to help those in true need even if it meant you had to sacrifice. We will miss that everlasting grin of yours and your genuine heart that was always true. We know you are with your Dad now looking down on all of us guiding us now in our grief. We will always love and hold you close in our hearts and minds till we meet again in Valhalla brother

    Kent & Leslie Riggs says:

    Jimmy, you were a great friend! We have so many good memories spending time with you camping, cooking, sitting around a campfire and riding our horses together. Kent invited you into the Ebenezer group in 2010 and you will be greatly missed. Keep an eye out for us all as we continue on down the trails without you. You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

    Doug & Aime says:

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    Brenda Knight says:

    My dearest nephew, Jimmy, I believe your purpose in this life was to live by example to show others how to live an upstanding life. You didn’t smoke, take drugs or drink alcohol to excess, if at all. You’ve left a huge hole in your family’s hearts who will miss you always. Save us a spot up there for the rest of us until we meet again one day.
    Aunt Brenda

    Jimmy HarriSso sorry to hear says:

    So sorry to hear. Worked with Jimmy a long time always a smile and nice. RIP

    Denise Talbot says:

    This is so hard to believe. Jimmy, you were my trail riding buddy on so many miles. You always had a ready smile and witty comments. You will be missed. Rest in peace, sweet friend until we are all together again. It was a privilege to know you.

    Jimmy HarriS says:

    So sorry to hear. Worked with Jimmy for years. Always a smile and friendly. RIP

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