On Sunday evening February 11, 2024 James “Bubba” Blaney passed away peacefully at home while being comforted by his mother and fiancee. James had been battling cancer, he was 55 years old.
Bubba was born in Soldotna, Alaska at 11:03 AM on April 15,1968 he was the first born son of Yvonne Goodson.
As a child he was full of energy, loved his horse and could disappear all day while out riding Joe and did so often. From the time he was a young boy Bubba had a passion for cars and trucks eventually turning that into a lifelong career of being a mechanic.
Bubba’s hobbies included collecting his beloved hotwheels, and magnets which he proudly talked about to anyone who would listen and displayed them in his home. If a family member did not know what to get Bubba for a birthday or Christmas they knew Hotwheels were sure to be a hit.
Bubba’s pride and joy were his trucks which he protected as if they were his babies, as his fiancee Lisa quoted “before I could drive one of his trucks, he took me out driving to test my driving skill I was so nervous but I passed the test” while his sister Tabatha stated “really I never got to drive one” while laughing. His mother and brother-in-law Brad were the only ones who didn’t have to take the test. His other prized possession was his Cowboy Hat and nobody touched that if Bubba had his hat on you knew whatever he was doing that day was an important moment for him.
Bubba enjoyed life to the fullest, had a big heart, loved sitting by the river just watching the water flow if he wasn’t home, that’s where you could often find him with his faithful fur family Zeus (deceased) and currently Trigger. His dogs were his companions and brought him comfort especially during his final days.
His grandkids, nieces and nephews loved him dearly because grandpa or “Uncle Bubbles” as one niece called him could always be counted on for a tickle, or toss in the air but most especially a hidden candy in his pocket.
When life brought struggles his way, the family remembers with fondness his favorite saying which he often quoted. “It is what it is” Bubba lived without reservations and what you saw is what you got nothing was hidden that’s for sure.
Bubba is preceded in death by, his son Carrington Bryce Blaney, his younger brother Timothy, his grandparents, Roger and Stella Rognrud, Uncle George Wheeler, Brother in Law Bill Tungate, Cousins, Heather Wheeler, Alex Wlodkowskija, and Damon Garret.
Bubba is survived by his Children, Jacob Blaney, Chappie James Clark, and Dakota Blaney, Grandchildren: Chappie E., and Riley. His mother Yvonne Goodson, Fiance Lisa Fuhrmann, His sister Tabatha Hallman and Brother in Law, Bradley Hallman, Sister Lisa Tungate. He is also survived by his Nephew Taylor Hallman and Niece Mary (Hallman) Morrison, and Niece April Tungate. Bubba also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations to be given for a “Memorial Bench” to be placed in the Rosebud Community Park in honor of Bubba’s memory. Donations can be made to the Rosebud Community Park Association PO Box 72, Rosebud Mt. 59347.
Cards and any other condolences can be sent to Yvonne Goodson at PO Box 51 Rosebud Mt. 59347.
There will be a celebration on life on Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 2-4 PM at the Rosebud Music Hall in Rosebud, MT.