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James Raymond "Jim" Lynch is a contestant from Survivor: Guatemala.

Despite being well-liked by Nakúm, Jim's illness and torn bicep prompted the tribe to vote him out first.


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Jim Lynch was born and raised the youngest of eight children in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. At age 18, he graduated high school and joined the US Marine Corp, where he served four years traveling extensively, including time at the Cuban Blockade in 1962. In 1963, Lynch married his junior high school sweetheart, Carol.

After serving with the U.S. Marines, Lynch and Carol moved back to Nebraska and then to Denver, Colorado. He sold real estate for awhile and eventually joined the Aurora Fire Department in 1972. While continuing his work at the fire department, Lynch received his Associate of Arts degree from Red Rocks College in Lakewood, Colorado.

Having received many promotions and accolades while with the fire department, Lynch eventually attained the rank of captain. In 2002, with 30 years of service, Lynch chose to retire and travel. He and Carol have been traveling extensively throughout the world, including visits to India, Tibet, the Himalayas and Annapurna regions of Nepal. In April 2004, Lynch climbed Mt. Huena in Peru.

When not traveling, Lynch volunteers with the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority and the Northglenn Citizens Affairs Board. He is currently writing a Model Noise Bill for the State of Colorado. Additionally, he is building a jet turbine sport helicopter while also taking flying lessons. In his spare time, Lynch enjoys golf and building and repairing things.

Jim and Carol Lynch have two grown children, Jeff and Cynthia. Jim and Carol currently reside in Northglenn, Colorado. His birth date is January 7, 1942.[1]


At the beginning of the game, Jim was assigned to the Nakúm tribe. At the first Reward Challenge, where tribe members were to race across the jungle, Jim, along with tribemates Bobby Jon Drinkard, Judd Sergeant, and Blake Towsley, became extremely tired and sick. Nakúm lost the Immunity Challenge, thus sending them to Tribal Council. During the challenge, Jim tore his bicep and later kept his arm in a sling. Among the sick men, Jim was the oldest and most ailing, so the tribe unanimously voted him out, 8-1.

Voting History

Jim's Voting History
Episode Jim's
Voted Against
1 Margaret Blake, Bobby Jon, Brandon, Brooke,
Cindy, Danni, Judd, Margaret
Voted Out, Day 3


  • On January 9, 2010, Jim attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.[2]


  • Jim was the oldest castaway on Guatemala.
  • At the age of 63, Jim is the oldest male contestant to be the first person voted out of a season. Jim is tied with Sonja Christopher for the oldest overall.
    • However, unlike Sonja, Jim was the oldest of his season. 
  • Jim is the first contestant to win a Reward Challenge, but be the first person voted out.


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