Jim was born on April 7, 1951, to Oscar and Lorraine (Boettcher) Clausen of Albert City. He was the third of four boys.
Jim grew up in Albert City and was a 1969 graduate of Albert City Truesdale High School. From 1970 - 1976 Jim served in the Army Reserves, after which he lived in Iowa, Texas and Arizona working in the railroad or construction businesses.
Jim donated his body to science. A family memorial service will take place at a later date.