James "Jim" Mayclin

James "Jim" Mayclin


April 19, 1938 - May 3, 2023


James “Jim” Mayclin, 85, of Plankinton, SD, died Wednesday, May 3, at his home under hospice care. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Saturday, May 13, at St. John Catholic Church in Plankinton. Burial will be at Mizpah Cemetery in Plankinton. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at the Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

James Harry Mayclin was born April 19, 1938, to Harry and Ruth (Lalley) Mayclin in Plankinton, SD. The family moved to Chamberlain, SD, and later Missouri, but returned to Plankinton where Jim attended Catholic Sisters School in Woonsocket, SD. He graduated from Plankinton High School. After high school, Jim received an associate degree in accounting from Minneapolis Business School in 1958.

Jim was united in marriage to Laura Lee Hoefert on August 9, 1956, in Plankinton. To this union, six children were born.

Jim owned and operated a dairy and grain farm until his retirement. He received awards for milk production from the West Central Dairy Herd Improvement Association. In 1971, Jim was awarded the USDA County Farm Family of the Year and was named Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year in 1972.

Jim played independent basketball until the age of 42 and played in four state tournaments. In 1957, he played in the pregame for the Minnesota Lakers basketball team. He also participated on two bowling teams and loved to fish.

Jim was a lifelong member of St. John Catholic Church. He served on the Plankinton School Board for over two decades, where he had the honor of serving as president and presenting high school diplomas to five of his six children. Jim also served on the Land ‘O Lakes National Board.

Jim is survived by his wife, Laura; sons, Paul (Mary) of Plankinton and John (Laura A.) of Mt. Vernon; daughters, Anna Mayclin of Vancouver, WA, Jeanne (Jeff) Berg of Riverview, FL, Diana (Tom) Spinar of Plankinton, and Monica Mayclin of Hugo, MN; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Mark (Cleone) Mayclin of Rapid City.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom, Patrick, Mike, and Dan, and his sister, Mary Collette Mayclin.


Friday, May 12, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

St. John Catholic Church
308 E 3rd St
Plankinton, SD 57368


Saturday, May 13, 2023
10:30 AM
St. John Catholic Church
308 E 3rd St
Plankinton, SD 57368


Mizpah Cemetery
Plankinton, SD

Posted by Carmen (Heezen) and Ruben Lapp on May 13, 2023
Dear family of Jim,
Your Dad, Grandpa, and Brother will be missed by many. We believe he is with all of this family (his brothers & Mary), our Lord Savior, and all of our loved ones in heaven.
With sincere sympathy, Carmen (Heezen) and Ruben Lapp
Posted by Terry and Cindy Hoffman on May 13, 2023
Jim was a great man, it was an Honor to know him, he created such a beautiful family with his wife Laura. Our thoughts and prayers for You all
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on May 11, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Joe enjoyed working with Jim on the school board. Our prayers are with you!
Posted by Skip Guindon on May 10, 2023
I remember many good times playing independent basketball with Jim! We took his station wagon to the games and enjoyed halftime refreshments! He was a great basketball player and friend!
Posted by Shawn Wibben on May 6, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Tom urban on May 6, 2023
Sorry to hear about Jim!
Posted by Tom riddle on May 6, 2023
Prayers and thoughts to family,Jim was a good friend and customer when I was Ups at Plank Good person
Posted by Holly Langner on May 5, 2023
I’m so sorry, he was a great guy and I so love the family.
Posted by Wayne Gronseth on May 5, 2023
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Peace be with you all.
Posted by nancy leftwich on May 4, 2023
sorry to hear this. i know some of the family. i know they are all hard workers. prayers for the family.
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