Jim McMahon

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James Hayes McMahon
18 May 1939 - 28 Apr 2020

Clubs & Associations

South Florida Mustangs

Quick Facts

  • founding member of South Florida Mustangs
  • attended the 1983 fly-in in Miami at which the IAGSDC was founded [1]


James Hayes McMahon
MAY 18, 1939 – APRIL 28, 2020
Mr James McMahon passed away unexpectedly/peacefully from the covid-19 virus on April 28th, 2020 at the hospital under hospice care in Hollywood Florida. He was 80 years old. James is survived by his brother, Lewis Parent Jr. of Hollywood, Florida and Nephews Jeff, Michael, and Chad all from the Kansas City area and also Niece Tracy (Glassford) VanCamp of the Kansas City area as well. He is preceded in death by his parents Jim McMahon and Avana Parent, also by his loving sister Bonnie Joy (McMahon) James was born on May 18th, 1939 in Rome, New York. Graduated HS from Rome Free Academy in 1958 James spent 30+ years working for the Horse and Dog tracks in Florida as a bet teller. He was Twice Awarded teller of the year and was nominated to be one of the select tellers to work the Kentucky Derby. James loved the horses and horse racing and at one time he owned a few Harness Race Horses. James also owned several rental properties in the Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale area for many years. James loved to travel and take care of his momma (Avana) whenever he could. He had a big heart and love teaching all of us valuable life lessons whenever he could. James also had a very close relationship with his sister Bonnie and younger brother Louie. A formal funeral has not yet been determined at this time with all of the COVID-19 regulations. Per James request, he will be cremated and laid to rest with his parents and other relatives at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, Florida.[2]


Hi Kenny and Chris,
I’m so sorry to hear about Jim McMahon’s death in April due to COVID. I knew him early on. I remember well how you guys flew to Denver in April 1982 to give us some encouragement. That was when I started to pay attention to the national gay square dance scene. I realized then that there was a potential for outreach and good friendships with dancers around the country.
Karl Jaeckel[3]

Memorial Panel



  1. Torres, Luis, compiler. Ten Years IAGSDC: A Collection of Pages From Our Memory Book, 1993, p.18
  2. Dignity Memorial website : accessed 31 Aug 2020
  3. Email, 16 Jul 2020