Jimmy Dale Langham

  • Wednesday November 5, 2014
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March 22, 1962 – October 24, 2014

Jimmy – never a James – Dale Langham was born in Mississippi, but considered New Orleans as his home. As a young man he worked his way through college to receive a degree in advertising and design, and moved to New Orleans where he worked as a graphic artist for several years until he met his longtime partner and spouse, Donald Ferguson.

Jimmy and Donald moved together to New York City where they spent 10 years. Jimmy was the chief graphics designer for Donald's public relations firm, Geduldig and Ferguson. When that firm merged with a global PR firm in 2004, Jimmy and Donald were relocated to San Francisco for four years, and then retired to Palm Springs, California in 2008.

They kept a second home in New Orleans until after Hurricane Katrina, but have made multiple visits yearly to Jimmy's favorite place.

Jimmy and Donald were together for 23 years, legally marrying November 1, 2008.

In addition to his loving partner and spouse Donald, Jimmy is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Hughes; his older sister Pam (David) Walker and younger sister Donna Hays; has three nephews, Donovan and Christopher Hays and Tyler Langham; and a niece, Madison Olivia Cliburn. He is also survived by all of the members of the Ferguson family who embraced him fully, and his many San Francisco and Palm Springs friends and friends throughout the country.

Jimmy loved to party and loved life and friends. His favorite quote was: "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life. May he rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the LGBT Community Center of the Desert at http://www.thecenterps.org.