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James died February 27, 2010, in Ogden, Utah at the age of 57. He attended West Point Military Academy and Macalester College. James received pilot training at Sowell Aviation in Florida and later did Paralegal training at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He jumped at Missoula from 1979-88.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Stephens, James W. (Missoula 1979)" (2010). Smokejumper Obituaries. 958.