James Finnie Sloan


James Finnie Sloan

On Saturday June 18, James Finnie Sloan, known to most as Jim Sloan, loving father of four, grandfather and great-grandfather, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 66.

James was born on Feb. 22, 1956, in Brownsville, Texas, to Betty Lou Tabet Herman and CS Sloan. Jim served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Norton Sound and was honorably discharged on Nov. 26, 1975.

Jim grew up in the city of Belen, and was well known as a historian for the Belen Harvey House Museum. Everyone who knew him, knew they could always count on a good story anytime they saw him. He had a strong passion for photography, and even attended college for it. He later found a passion for looking at old photos and learning the history of everything around him, He spent most days learning his family history, doing genealogy, and riding his Harley.

Jim is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou Tabet Herman; his father, CS Sloan; son, James Gary Sloan; brother, Chris Tabet; niece, Cayla Tabet; and his granddaughter, Trinity Sloan.

Jim is survived in by his son, Jason Finnie Sloan (Courtney); daughter, Laura Sloan and Richard Martin; brothers, Leslie Sloan (Verginia), Larry Sloan, Jay Tabet and Larry Tabet; sister, Debby Tabet; grandkids, Brandon Saul (Jade), Jacob Saul, Michael Vallejos (Kaityln), Breanna Vallejos, Emma Sloan, Wyatt Wimberly, Reagen Curly, Haylee Sloan and Jake Finnie Sloan; great-grandson, Zion Saul; and his close friend, Mary Akkin (Nevaeh).

Jim was remembered as many different things — a passion he held his whole life was cars and history. If your car had a problem and you couldn’t figure it out, Jim could. He also owned and was the mechanic for a car lot and had a huge love for riding his Harley.

His kids remember him as a history buff. If you gave him a picture, he would find out where, why and when it was taken. In his free time, he loved watching the History Channel, and volunteering his time and knowledge to the Harvey House.

Although we hate to see him go, we knew his heart was always full of love for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cars and history. When he left, he passed along a part of his huge heart to all of us.

Sincerest thank you to the Harvey House from the Sloan family.

A visitation for Jim will take place at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 23, at the Belen Harvey House Museum. A Funeral service will take place following the visitation. Interment will immediately follow the service at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Larry Tabet, Jason Sloan, Richard Martin, Brandon Saul, Jacob Saul, Michael Vallejos, Zachary Frischmann and Jordan Frischmann. Honorary pallbearers are Leslie Sloan, Jay Tabet and Thomas Bradshaw.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.

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