He was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to James Eugene Close Sr. and Dawn Carla Gordon Close.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Joel Grady R. Close, and a sister, Triston Joleen Close.
James had worked as a turf keeper and attended the Job Corps for welding. He enjoyed camping, fishing and boxing, and he loved kids.
The family received friends Monday at Beck Funeral Home.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.