The Eugene Police Department says a well-known restaurant owner in Eugene died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found inside his car at a boat landing in Alton Baker Park.
Those who knew Jim West say his memory will live on, not only in those he left behind, but the businesses he built from the ground up.
Friends say West and his brothers have been a big part of the Eugene restaurant community for at least two decades. “They’ve been known for being innovators, risk-takers, excellent businessmen,” said Eugene Chamber President Dave Hauser.
Jim West and his family opened several eateries in town including Mucho Gusto, Dickie Joe’s and Dickie Yo. Just last year, they opened Bill and Tim’s Bar-B-Que on 13th and Pearl Street.
“I can count on at least two hands the different venues they’ve done over the years and all of which were successful and basically brought wonderful food and wonderful atmosphere to this community,” said Steve Korth, a close friend to West.
Friends say Jim West always had a sharp eye for investments, and he will live on in the brick and mortar of the many restaurants he helped create. “Jim will always be remembered as a very loyal friend,” said Korth.
He says West’s legacy will also live past his career, “I’m a better person knowing him as I have over the years.”
Jim West leaves behind his wife and four children. Both private and public memorial services will be planned.