James was born in Zambia in 1996. He spent his first years as a young boy living on the streets of Africa and in and out of orphanages until 2006. In 2006 James was adopted into the loving Donaldson family and moved to Helena, Mt with his parents Jim and Terri. He joined his many siblings Traci, Tiffany, Jim, Katie, Tyler, Lesly, Courtni, Emilee, Lucy, Timothy, Rylee, and Alex. Jim and Terri knew from the time they met James that he was very special and was a gift from God.
In 2010 James began a new chapter in his life becoming a member of the Jewett/Lesofski family. James was a perfect fit in the family and created many memories including, hunting, camping, sledding, wrestling, football, the annual Easter baseball game, family trips, some of his crazy cooking concoctions, his colorful clothes and socks and so many laughs.
He started his public schooling when he was in 8th grade at C. R. Anderson. There he made incredible connections and life-long friends with both teachers and classmates. James completed high school at Capital High School in 2015. His high school days were filled with so many, many friends. He loved them all like family. James participated in football for 4 years at Capital High School. He was honored with the “Tuss Award”, an award voted on by the coaches for the offensive player who best exemplifies what a Bruin is, someone who puts the team in front of themselves. He made us all very proud with his work ethic in the gym and on the field.
James joined the Airforce after high school in 2016. He was honorably discharged in 2020 after being diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disease in the fall of 2019.
James will be remembered for his contagious laugh, infectious smile, his playful attitude, his big hugs, his love for music and crazy clothes, his knack for making people feel special, his spirituality, and his love for God.
He is survived by his loving parents Jamon and Lisa Jewett. His brothers Blake Hance (Melissa), Tyler Hance (Salve). His sisters Kelsey Farrell (Kory), Dana Whiteside (Easton), Jordan Carney (Liam). His nieces and nephews Hudson, Paityn, and baby girl Farrell, Macie Whiteside, and Braxton Carney. His loving grandparents Joe and Diane Jewett. His very special Aunts and Uncles from the Jewett, Lesofski, and Latona families. His cousins, who James loved with all his heart. His Donaldson family and all his very special friends that were like his family. He loved you all so much.
“The Lord is close to the broken hearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed” Psalm 34:18
There will be a memorial service Tues March 16 at 1:00 pm at Helena Valley Faith Center 708 E Groschell, East Helena,MT. Reception to follow at Missouri River Brewery 451 Spencer CT. East Helena Mt. His memorial service can be viewed at Helenfaith.org during or after his memorial service.