JAMES BRENNAN
1930 - 2019
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JAMES A. BRENNAN 1930-2019 James A. "Jim" Brennan, Senior Court Judge, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019. He was 89 years old and a near-lifetime Nevada resident. He was born Aug. 22, 1930 to James and Mildred Brennan. Jim graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1949 and University of Nevada, Reno, in 1955. He earned his Jurisprudence degree from Hastings College of Law and was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1958. In 1959, James Brennan served as Deputy District Attorney for Clark County. He was elected as a hospital trustee to Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital (now UMC) in 1960. In 1964, he was elected as a Justice of the Peace in Las Vegas. He fondly reminisced about the thousands of weddings he presided over including those of Gregg Allman and Cher, Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim, Xavier Cugat and Charo, and more than 100 couples on a single day in August of 1965. The Clark County Board of Health named him legal counsel in 1967. With over seventy percent of the vote, James Brennan was elected to the Board of County Commission in 1968. In 1974, he was elected to the Eighth Judicial District Court, re-elected in 1978 and again in 1984. After resigning in 1989, Judge Brennan was commissioned as a Senior Judge in 1990 and held that commission until recently. He often expressed his gratitude to be able to serve in the political arena in the community he loved, and for the close friends he made while serving. Jim came from very humble beginnings. His family lived in a one-bedroom apartment on 4th Street in downtown Las Vegas. He lost his father as a teenage boy, leaving his young mother to raise Jim and Ruth. Jim was always a loyal and grateful son, brother, and friend. He was able to provide for his family as a result of his hard work, sharp mind, and good fortune. He deeply valued the company of many lifelong friends; enjoying their friendship throughout his life at annual gatherings and occasional get-togethers. The family is extremely gratefully for his many friends that have shared their time, kind words, and fond memories about how Jim touched their lives. James Brennan is survived by his children, Barbara Brennan-Pike, Susan Tidwell and her spouse, Jeff, and Jim Brennan; eight grandchildren, Robert, Laura, and Ali Brennan-Pike; Katelyn, Chandler, Salym, and Dex Tidwell, and Jared Brennan; thirteen great-grandchildren and two nephews. His family loved him dearly. James was predeceased in death by his mother, Mildred; his sister, Ruth; and his father, James. The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Services will be private.



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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Oct. 2, 2019.
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May 13, 2020
GOOD LUCK FAMILY WITHOUT A LEADER!!!
J
Acquaintance
November 15, 2019
Dear Jimmy, Susan and Barbara, Sending our deepest condolences to all of you regarding the loss of your father. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! You have always been such dear, sweet friends of ours and we've always thought so much of you and of your father too! So sorry for your loss! God bless, Much love, Debbie
Debbie Whicker Adams
October 10, 2019
My condolences to the family of Jim Brennan.. What fond memories I have of Jim. Kind, generous and caring human being. Jim you will be missed by all. Keep all things in order up there as you did here in Las Vegas..
Jenny Muller
October 3, 2019
Ono and I are so broken-hearted to hear you are no longer with us! We had so many more things to do! You are one of the most amazing, carin loving man we have ever known. We will just get ready for our new meeting and party up in the beautiful sky, so just get ready our dear friend!! RIP our dear friend!! We love you so very much!!!
Ono And Sharon Ono
October 3, 2019
Jim, you weren't supposed to leave our beautiful world this quickly. We had lots of plans. You were such an amazing, caring and loving man!! Get ready for that big party in the sky!! Our deepest sympathy for your fast exit from our lives to all your family and friends. We would never let you go so soon! We love you so very much and you will be missed by so many fans of yours!! RIP, our Dear Friend!! RIP Jim. WE LOVE YOU,,❤❤
Ono and Sharon Ono
October 3, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ono and Sharon Ono
October 2, 2019
A very special man and a credit to the history of Las Vegas. Mahlon Brown
October 2, 2019
I HAVE LOST A DEAR FRIEND & INCREDIBLE JURIST TO MANY.. FROM THE OLD DAYS TO BUILDING HOUSES IN SAN FELIPE, MEXICO TO JUST ENJOYING A GOOD GLASS OF WINE AT SALVATORIES, JIM WAS A PLEASURE TO BE NEAR.
HE WAS A VIBRANT PART OF LAS VEGAS.
LOVE YOU, JIM......TMB
October 2, 2019
Jim Brennen was a good and fair judge with an extensive knowledge of the law. He was at all times courtious and had a good sense of humor. It was a pleasure to appear before him.
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October 2, 2019
A fine man, a good friend, and a great judge. A towering figure, in every sense of the word. We'll miss you, Jim.

Ed Kane
October 2, 2019
Judge Brennan was not only a fine jurist, but he was also a wonderful human being and a super fun person. I have many fond memories of him while vacationing with groups of DAs and other judges in San Felipe, Mexico. My office was right next to his when he sat as a senior judge too. He was a class act. RIP jinga King
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